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Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says

The participants in Medicare's programs for accountable care organizations have continued to produce mixed results. Quality broadly improved but savings proved more elusive among the early participants....

Obama announces increased U.S. efforts against Ebola

President Barack Obama has outlined a heightened U.S. effort to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa....

ACA open enrollment for 2015 causing anxiety for plans, providers

The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period focused on signing up as many people as possible. But when enrollment for the second year of coverage opens on Nov. 15, the task for health plans, insurance brokers and navigators will be more complex....

Tech fixes ease sharing of sensitive patient data

This spring, Michigan lawmakers removed a major roadblock to the exchange of patient medical records between behavioral-health and medical providers by approving a uniform patient notification and consent form....

Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities

For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change....

Reform Update: Insurers brace for potential IT problems in second open enrollment

Health plan officials are pressing the CMS to affirmatively notify them when their members choose a different plan through HealthCare.gov for 2015 rather than re-enrolling in the same plan. But the CMS merely says it is exploring whether it will accommodate that request....

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Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The participants in Medicare's programs for accountable care organizations have continued to produce mixed results. Quality broadly improved but savings proved more elusive among the early...
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Insurance coverage, provider preference affect who gets bariatric surgery, report finds
By Beth Kutscher | September 16, 2014
Wide variations in whether Medicare patients undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity suggest that insurance coverage and provider preference are heavily influencing who has access to the...
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Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record...
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Cognizant inks $2.7 billion deal to buy health IT firm TriZetto
By Joseph Conn | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cognizant, a global, publicly traded technology consulting and business process outsourcing firm, plans to acquire TriZetto Corp., a privately held health information technology company that serves...
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Reform Update: Doctors order unnecessary tests without even realizing it
By Sabriya Rice | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physicians order unnecessary tests and procedures to inoculate themselves from legal liability more than they realize, according to a new survey of physicians at several hospitals in one...
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Reform Update: Insurers brace for potential IT problems in second open enrollment
By Darius Tahir | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health plan officials are pressing the CMS to affirmatively notify them when their members choose a different plan through HealthCare.gov for 2015 rather than re-enrolling in the same plan. But the...
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Advocate-NorthShore merger continues trend toward regional supersystems
By Bob Herman | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem that would create a $7 billion academic-suburban behemoth reinforces the growing national trend of large, financially...
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Reform Update: Familiar talking points on Medicare emerge in tight congressional contests
By Paul Demko | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican...
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Longtime Parkland Health leader Dr. Ron Anderson dead at 68
By Beth Kutscher | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Ron Anderson, the longtime leader of Parkland Health & Hospital System who was remembered for his efforts to expand healthcare access to underserved communities, died Thursday from cancer. He was...
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Advocate, NorthShore merger would create giant health system in Illinois
By Andrew L. Wang / Crain's Chicago Business | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem announced today they will merge to form a 16-hospital system to be called Advocate NorthShore Health Partners.
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More hospitals shunning furniture with flame retardants
By Jaimy Lee | September 11, 2014
A few months ago, Kaiser Permanente said it would stop buying furniture with flame retardants because the chemicals are believed to be toxic. Now several other large hospital systems are following...
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House backs bill extending small-group plans that violate ACA
By Paul Demko | September 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that would allow insurers to continue selling small-group plans that don't comply with the coverage requirements of the federal healthcare law through 2018 cleared the House with...
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