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Supreme Court: Providers Can’t Sue States over Medicaid Rates

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion on Armstrong v. Exceptional Child, where the court ruled Medicaid providers cannot sue states for low payment rates and what they should do instead

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My Day in Court: Oral Arguments for Supreme Court’s Medicaid Case

Justices weigh arguments for allowing providers to sue states over low payment rates – and I was there

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President’s Immigration Plan Makes Waves, Stops Short of Health Care

Obama’s executive action offers new opportunities for immigrants to live and work in the United States, but no relief for lack of health care coverage

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The Good Kind of Viral

Many of America’s Essential Hospitals have YouTube channels as a way to engage patients, employees, and the communities they serve through creative and dynamic ways.

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Repeal or Not to Repeal: That Is The Question…

My friends in the GOP are at a crossroads. The party once stood strong behind “Repeal, Repeal, Repeal!” in reference to the Affordable Care Act, but now that the Obama administration is recognizing some challenges in implementing the law, things have changed. Shawn Gremminger and I have been discussing this for over a year now.

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A Fresh Perspective

Did you know that the United States spends $2.87 trillion on health care? To put it into even greater context, did you know that health care in the United States is larger than the French economy? To take it one step further, the U.S. federal government alone spends more on health care than the Swiss

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Safety Net Hospitals Respond to Hurricane Sandy

This week Hurricane Sandy caused substantial devastation along the East Coast, leaving many homes and communities in pieces. The same happened this past August when Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast. I know personally that when natural disasters hit many lives are forever changed and it is a considerably long road to recovery. As we

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Finding a Cure for Election Fatigue

If you are following the presidential race, it has gotten dirty. In the Washington D.C. metro area we are bombarded by attack ads one right after the other. If you are like me, you must be tired of both parties taking spinning quotes and sound clips out of context. The back and forth, the insults,

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