Health Insurer Alameda Alliance Dropped From Covered California

What’s up with Obamacare and my health care?

The exchange had given the nonprofit health plan an Oct. 31 deadline to get that license. Marta Green, spokeswoman for the state Department of Managed Health Care, said Alameda Alliance failed to meet a minimum threshold for tangible net equity, which measures an insurer’s assets minus liabilities. Alameda Alliance reported $8.4 million in net equity as of Sept. 30, but it needs $19.2 million, according to the health plan’s state filings.
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Digital health tools likely to decrease visits to the doctor

What if I own — or work for — a small business? A giant part of the small business community, 96% of small businesses have fewer than 50 workers. If you own that kind of business, you don’t have to worry about that employer mandate. If you work for one, you will be able to buy a policy in the new Obamacare marketplaces.
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Lack of enrollment workers hampers insurance exchange sign-ups

The researchers estimate that when EHRs are in use in just 30 percent of community-based physicians’ offices, the increase in efficiency will: Enable doctors to meet the demands of between 4 and 9 percent more patients than they can today Help delegate care to physician assistants and nurse practitioners, resulting in 4 to 7 percent fewer visits with doctors Reduce the demand for specialists by another 2 to 5 percent since roughly that percentage can stick with generalists Deliver care to meet 12 percent more of current demand thanks to telemedicine and digital communication with doctors and nurses If doctors and patients adopt e-health tools more widely, the group says, these forecasts could be far higher. “When all of these likely effects are added together, it is clear that health IT will help resolve future physician shortages that many believe are around the corner,” said the study’s lead author Jonathan Weiner in a school news release. Another report in the same journal by the nonprofit research organization RAND Corp. also finds that the rise in use of physician assistants and nurse practitioners under Obamacare will help ease the burden of looming doctor shortages . Related stories New rules issued on electronic health records In a recent interview with CNET , Dr. Peter Antall, medical director of the Online Care Group who has been recruiting physicians to practice telemedicine for the past two years, said tools like telemedicine will be more widely practiced in time: “We really feel we’re developing a whole new way of practicing medicine, and it’s exciting.
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