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Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers start from widely divergent places as some of the largest move to put most of their business into payment models that reward lower cost and higher quality care.

Up to 6 million face federal fines for lack of insurance

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

As many as 6 million people could face fines of as much as 1% of their house household income for not having health insurance in 2014, said Mark Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy at the U. S. Treasury Department.


Research

MHInsights-How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

MHInsights-How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest-growing physician specialty—hospital medicine—to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency.


Finance

Huron to keep entire Studer Group management team

Huron to keep entire Studer Group management team

Huron Consulting Group's $325 million acquisition of the Studer Group will allow the larger firm to capture more of the small to midsize healthcare market, including the fast-growing physician practice space, executives said.

Safety & Quality

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

Medicare's payment reform push draws praise and fears

By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be tied to incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday. That was greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or built on flawed measures.

People

Paulk to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Paulk to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Pamela Paulk has been named president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, a division of the academic medical system that develops international collaborations and provides medical concierge services for patients who come for treatment from abroad.

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