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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
An unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven competing Los Angeles-area hospital systems to offer employers a low-priced HMO plan underscores the eagerness of insurers and providers to try novel and risky strategies to survive in the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals' need to cut costs and coordinate care is driving health systems to give clinical and clerical workers greater responsibility for direct patient services, freeing up more-credentialed professionals for work only they are qualified to do.
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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that three surgeons performed unnecessary spinal surgeries, a distribution company they invested in encouraged them to pressure hospitals to buy its medical implants, and the company and one of the surgeons denied the physician investments even as...
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Late News
By Andis Robeznieks and Michael Sandler | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The nation's largest medical liability carriers are selling less insurance and collecting less premium revenue because of provider consolidation, more self-insurance, a highly competitive market and a decline in claims frequency, experts say.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Legislation that requires hospice facilities to be inspected at least every three years cleared the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate last week.
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The Week Ahead
By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare industry is adding its voice to the call for governments and businesses to mobilize and halt the warming of the Earth's climate.
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By Paul Demko | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health plans with narrow provider networks have sparked broad controversy among healthcare providers and consumers. Insurers and employers are relying on them to keep premiums down and ensure quality, following experts who say such “value networks” are effective and necessary.
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Regional News
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Indiana University Health 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 a decade ago.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In a surprising move that will shake up Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-run health plan affiliated with Fairview Health Services, will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015, company and state officials announced last week.
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By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Three health systems in North Carolina have formed a non-ownership alliance that will allow them to share back-office functions while still maintaining their independence.
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By Bob Herman | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Jameson Health System, New Castle, Pa., have signed a letter of intent to merge, a move that would beef up UPMC's provider dominance north of the city.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Washington State University's board of regents unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the “dire need” for more doctors in the state.
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News
By Sabriya Rice | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The nation's liver transplant community is sharply divided over a proposed plan to revamp the way donated livers are allocated to patients with end-stage liver disease, even though most experts agree that reforms are needed to address significant geographic disparities in patient waiting times.
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By Virgil Dickson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Eager to get Republican-led states to expand Medicaid, the Obama administration seems increasingly willing to allow them to impose new premiums and cost-sharing on very low-income adults.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Medicare's accountable care organization initiatives have improved quality of care, but cost savings have proved more elusive.
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Cover Story
By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
An unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven competing Los Angeles-area hospital systems to offer employers a low-priced HMO plan underscores the eagerness of insurers and providers to try novel and risky strategies to survive in the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace.
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Features
By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals' need to cut costs and coordinate care is driving health systems to give clinical and clerical workers greater responsibility for direct patient services, freeing up more-credentialed professionals for work only they are qualified to do.
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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that three surgeons performed unnecessary spinal surgeries, a distribution company they invested in encouraged them to pressure hospitals to buy its medical implants, and the company and one of the surgeons denied the physician investments even as...
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A new joint venture linking California's second-largest insurer and seven major providers in a defined network that will compete directly with Kaiser Permanente throughout greater Tinseltown represents a major milepost in the nation's movement toward healthcare network competition and value-based...
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Guest Commentary
By Theresa Pesch | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For healthcare organizations to thrive in an era of constant market and regulatory commotion, having a well-integrated charitable foundation arm is increasingly essential.
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By Joseph Berardo Jr. | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health plans are redesigning benefits to encourage the use of higher-value providers.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding “FDA gets push for device registries”, hip and knee implant registries incorporating refined data for comparative effectiveness, quality monitoring and public reporting are clearly necessary.
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Q&A
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
David Newman is executive director of the Washington-based Health Care Cost Institute. The organization's mission is to foster better understanding of the drivers of healthcare costs and to provide a database on public- and private-sector costs and quality. Modern Healthcare reporter Darius Tahir...
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By the Numbers

A list of the nation's 25 largest professional liability carriers, ranked by direct premiums written for medical professional liability in the U.S. in 2013. Source: A.M. Best Co. Published Sept. 22, 2014, p. 30.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lisa Allen, 57, will be the first chief patient experience officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Danielle Moon, a former top official at the CMS, has joined consulting giant Deloitte's healthcare practice as a federal health policy analyst.
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Data Points
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Sept. 22, 2014, covered the following topics: insurance premiums and subsidies, gas wells and psychiatric medication risks.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.
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