Federal Agency Guidance

About the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

September 7, 2011 IRS news release IR-2011-90 announcing a new round of outreach to small employers and the professional service providers they rely on to encourage them to review the new Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to see if they are eligible.

Bundled Payments for Care Improvement

Information on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative which seeks to improve patient care through payment innovation that fosters improved coordination and quality through a patient-centered approach. CMS is seeking applications for four broadly defined models of care.

State-Federal Review of Health Insurance Rate Increases Begins, Double-Digit Price Hikes Must Be Justified

HHS news release on the start of the new authority of regulators to deny or reduce rate hikes found to be excessive.

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Litigation and Court Challenges

Fourth Circuit Dismisses Challenges to Health Care Reform

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed two Virginia challenges to health care reform for lack of jurisdiction.