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Medical-liability carriers see 2013 premium income drop as providers consolidate

The nation's largest medical-liability carriers are selling less insurance, and collecting less premium income, thanks to consolidation among healthcare providers, more self-insurance, a highly competitive market and a decline in claims frequency, experts said....

As a proton therapy center closes, some see it as a sign

The Indiana University Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly treatment centers began about a decade ago....

Reform Update: Will Anthem's Vivity gain traction among large employers?

Anthem Blue Cross' new health plan partnership with seven hospital systems has grabbed the attention of healthcare stakeholders nationally, but questions loom about the ability of the HMO-like plan to catch on and draw interest from its main target market—large, fully insured employers in Los......

Security assessment planned for HealthCare.gov, Tavenner vows

The CMS plans to perform, by the end of September, a comprehensive security assessment of Healthcare.gov to determine if any site vulnerabilities exist, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at a congressional hearing Thursday....

Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser

News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's largest insurers. It also underscores the eagerness across the industry to broker novel and riskier......

Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards finalists chosen

Modern Healthcare is proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards, in conjunction with sister publication Advertising Age....

Video | WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish on Anthem's Vivity

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Cerner gets FTC's OK to buy Siemens Health
By Bob Herman | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health information technology giant Cerner Corp. received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission late Thursday to move ahead with its $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services.
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Late update in EHR incentive program system could mean penalties for some
By Joseph Conn | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Through no fault of their own, a subset of physicians and other health professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program may get hit with Medicare...
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Reform Update: Exit of PreferredOne from MNsure raises practical and political questions
By Paul Demko | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
PreferredOne was one of the biggest surprises of Obamacare's first open-enrollment period. The plan captured 59% of enrollments through Minnesota's exchange. But on Tuesday, PreferredOne delivered a...
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Reform Update: Will Anthem's Vivity gain traction among large employers?
By Bob Herman | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Anthem Blue Cross' new health plan partnership with seven hospital systems has grabbed the attention of healthcare stakeholders nationally, but questions loom about the ability of the HMO-like plan...
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Security assessment planned for HealthCare.gov, Tavenner vows
By Virgil Dickson | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS plans to perform, by the end of September, a comprehensive security assessment of Healthcare.gov to determine if any site vulnerabilities exist, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at a...
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More tech support, trust needed to boost wellness plan participation, survey shows
By Joseph Conn | September 18, 2014
Many employer-sponsored wellness programs need some healing hands themselves, particularly when it comes to embracing home and mobile health technology. That's especially true when employees still...
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Americans endure unwanted care near death: IOM study
By Associated Press | September 18, 2014
Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough...
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8% of patients stop taking Sovaldi, CVS study finds
By Jaimy Lee | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
About 8% of the patients who started taking Sovaldi to treat hepatitis C discontinued their treatment regimen prior to its conclusion, according to an analysis released Wednesday by CVS Health. The...
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Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser
By Melanie Evans | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's...
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New Anthem network makes business case for HMO-ACO hybrid
By Bob Herman | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, the newly announced joint venture among WellPoint subsidiary Anthem and seven prominent Southern California providers, will blend both the past and future as its planned...
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Calif. collaborative will first rely on Anthem for data analytics
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Seven Southern California hospitals and healthcare systems combining with insurance giant Anthem to create a super-sized coordinated-care organization will be relying on more conventional...
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Wearable activity trackers: Do they help health and wellness?
By Darius Tahir | September 17, 2014
The attention given Apple's new smartwatch and Health app has brought the debate center stage over whether wearable activity trackers conform to best evidence-based practices—and whether they...
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