Hospital Chain Sutter Health Settles Suit Over Anesthesia Billing

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The nonprofit health system also agreed to permit insurers to more readily contest its bills and to charge for anesthesia on a flat-fee basis going forward. “This settlement represents a groundbreaking step in opening up hospital billing to public scrutiny,” Jones said. “This new transparency should lead to lower prices and point the way to similar billing reforms for all types of hospital services.” Sutter didn’t admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, and spokesman Bill Gleeson said it opted for the agreement to avoid spending significant resources contesting the allegations at trial. “Sutter hospitals consistently followed appropriate regulations and protocols in billing for anesthesia services,” Gleeson said.
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Obama’s promises on health care return to haunt as simple sales pitch meets complex reality

President Barack Obamas early efforts to boil down an intricate health care law so Americans could understand it are coming back to haunt him, leaving a trail of caveats and provisos in place of the pithy claims he once used to sell the law. More from PostPolitics Why Schumer backed Hillary Clinton. And why now. Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan The New York senators decision to throw his endorsement behind his former Senate colleague was equal parts self interest and desire to win. In the summer of 2009, Obama laid out his health care agenda in a 55 minute speech to the American Medical Association. It was, his former speech writer Jon Favreau recalls, one of the longest speeches he ever gave. Fine as an initial policy speech, Favreau thought, but not a communications strategy.
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Poll: 48% say federal launch of Obamacare was poor

Technical glitches beginning Oct. 1 plagued the rollout of Obamacare’s federal and state health marketplace sites, fueling opponents of the health care law and disappointing its supporters. Making matters worse, thousands of currently insured consumers are receiving cancellation notifications because their current plan doesn’t hold up to Obamacare standards. There are currently 55 million uninsured Americans, and the government estimates that 7 million people will sign up for insurance next year (barring any continued technical difficulties). The federal government has set up a comprehensive website that helps consumers explore their health insurance options at Healthcare.gov, and each state has its own health insurance exchange .
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