#HealthShareReform – WA 5 Things, Fed Enrollment Error, Alaska Docs Overwhelmed

1. Washington “5 Things We’re Watching”

Our bi-weekly briefing on Washington health care administration and policy news led the pack this past week. It’s the snapshot many find useful in staying ahead locally. Read it online below:

2. Feds overstate enrollment by 400k

This was a major blow to one of the Affordable Care Act’s (#ACA) victories. 400k dental sign-ups were included in overall enrollment of around 7m. Read the < href="https://twitter.com/wsj">Wall Street Journal article below:

3. Washington 2015 – State of Reform Health Policy Conference

If you haven’t registered online, act fast. Our event in SeaTac, WA on January 8 is filling up quickly as the detailed agenda will be released shortly:

Register or learn more about the event.

4. Alaskan doctors overwhelmed by new federal rules

Continued backlash against EHRs, ICD-10 and PQRS in increasing data-entry time for clinicians. EHR systems are oftentimes criticized as too expensive for smaller practices, especially rural ones like Alaska, to pay for. Kaiser Health News and Alaska Public Radio Network report:

5. Private oncologists being forced out, leaving patients to face higher bills

Due to high drug costs and reduced insurer payments, private oncologists say they’re being forced out of the industry, leaving consumers with allegedly costlier care at hospitals and larger facilities: