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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. The goal was broadly greeted with enthusiasm but also with warnings that the effort will be wasted if the new models are too weak or tied to flawed measures.

Huron buying healthcare consultant Studer Group in $325M deal

By John N. Frank  |  January 27, 2015

Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group is acquiring well-known healthcare consultant Studer Group, in a $325 million deal, creating a healthcare consulting operation that will have more than 1,500 employees, Huron announced Tuesday.

Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 27, 2015
Indiana expanding Medicaid; 350,000 could gain coverage

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and HHS have reached an agreement on the state's Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July, according to CMS spokesman Aaron Albright. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage as a result.


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

Projected ACA costs drop by $100 billion

The insurance coverage provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are expected to cost roughly $100 billion less over the next decade than previously projected, according to the latest analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

Technology

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

App breaks down language barriers for patients, doctors

Jerrit Tan, a first-generation Chinese-American, used to skip school to act as a translator for his immigrant parents and extended family when they visited a doctor. Now he has developed a smartphone app that provides medical interpretation services in 15 languages.

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