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No more health insurance subsidies for Congress
by Christian Berry, FCEP
Florida Republican Ron DeSantis (FL-06) to introduce the James Madison Congressional Accountability Act, prohibiting members of Congress and their staffs to receive taxpayer-financed health insurance subsidies, which are not also available to the American people.

Says DeSantis, "Although many members of Congress don't like it, the text of ObamaCare makes members share the same fate as the millions of Americans who will see their employer-based health insurance arrangements upended due to this ill-conceived law." He continues, "It is also patently unfair – and contrary to our founding principles – to grant special relief to members of the governing class while leaving the rest of America to bear the costs."

West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito also plans similar legislation; however, her act would still allow subsidies for staff members and legislative correspondents, who in 2012 earned a median pay of $30,000 to $35,000 respectively.

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Oviedo ER expected to open in November
Seminole Chronicle
With construction well underway, a planned emergency room facility in Oviedo is becoming a reality — a reality that officials said will be ready for patients in early November. The Oviedo ER, an 11,000-square-foot facility offering 24/7 adult and pediatric emergency care, will be part of Central Florida Regional Hospital. The ER will include 12 patient care beds, a trauma room, diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans, ultrasounds and X-rays, and lab services. But most importantly, Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere said, it will fill a void for East Seminole County residents.
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Florida balks at insurance navigators as Obamacare deadline nears
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced that the federal government is awarding some $67 million in grants to help healthcare groups around the country set up a network of so-called navigators. These helpers will find out if they qualify for subsidies and assist them in shopping for coverage. As part of the enrollment process, navigators will look at tax records, take Social Security numbers and have access to sensitive health information. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, says he believes the federal rules are inadequate.
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ICD-10 for the emergency department
By Elizabeth Morgenroth and J. Thomas Ward
The ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 2014 is fast approaching. With approximately 55,000 new codes, hospitals need to ensure they're ready for the transition — and prepared for the impact to revenue and productivity. ICD-10-CM will affect emergency departments more than any other specialty. Emergency medicine encounters have the potential to utilize multiple specialty codes that have been significantly impacted by the code expansion of ICD-10-CM — because the ED takes care of everyone who walks through the door, regardless of the condition.
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5 good things the Affordable Care Act imposed on healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
The U.S. healthcare market is well entrenched with operational complexity, an inefficient cost structure and serious quality issues. The diversity of treatment, along with huge, inexplicable variability in costs and how care is paid for make the Affordable Care Act even more challenging to implement. Whether or not you are a fan of "Obamacare," this government-driven initiative has already facilitated five major changes to healthcare.
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