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CMS proposes mandatory cardiac bundled-payment pilot

CMS proposes mandatory cardiac bundled-payment pilot

A new mandatory program the CMS proposed Monday would make hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks.

What will happen with healthcare policy under President Trump ... or ... Clinton?

By Harris Meyer  |  July 23, 2016
What will happen with healthcare policy under President Trump ... or ... Clinton?

The November elections surely won't end the nonstop, eight-year political war over the shape of the U.S. healthcare system. But the ballot results likely will determine whether the changes driven by the ACA continue in the same direction or the system returns to its previous, less-regulated form.

Insurers will consolidate even if mega-mergers fail

By Bob Herman  |  July 23, 2016
Insurers will consolidate even if mega-mergers fail

Even if the feds bury Anthem's acquisition of Cigna and Aetna's Humana deal, the big five health insurers are likely to forge new transactions to scale up and improve their position at the bargaining table with consolidating hospitals and systems.


Research

Medical schools, 2016

Medical schools, 2016

A list of the nation's 20 largest medical schools — 10 allopathic and 10 osteopathic — ranked by total active enrollment for the 2015-16 school year.


Providers

Partners HealthCare loses 400 physicians to Tufts

Nearly 400 physicians at Hallmark Health System in Medford, Mass., have voted to join the physician network of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, leaving Partners HealthCare's physician organization after acquisition plans fell through.

Safety & Quality

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

Doctors and hospital leaders are skeptical of the "July effect," the term describing the mass arrival of new medical graduates that allegedly leads to more medical errors, lower quality of care and even higher mortality rates. They're also working to make sure it isn't real.

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