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Reform Update: CMS won't limit flexibility of Oregon CCOs, state says
By Virgil Dickson | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS and Oregon are stepping back from an apparent clash over how the state is paying the managed-care organizations serving Medicaid beneficiaries in its nationally watched Medicaid demonstration. State officials and leaders of Oregon's coordinated-care organizations had expressed strong...
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Sharp HealthCare ACO drops out of Medicare's Pioneer program
By Bob Herman | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Another Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization has exited the program, renewing questions about its long-term sustainability. Sharp HealthCare, a five-hospital system in San Diego, said in its third-quarter financial statement that it dropped out of the Pioneer ACO program.
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Medicare ACOs can learn lessons from earlier demo project
By Melanie Evans | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The precursor to Medicare's large and growing accountable care program ran five years and ended the month after the Affordable Care Act became law. The results, summarized in a new report, have proved prescient and may inform policy changes the CMS is expected to issue soon.
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HealthCare.gov to be run by Connecticut exchange leader
By Darius Tahir | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leader of one of the most successful state-based insurance exchanges will head to Washington to become CEO of the federal marketplace. The CMS named Connecticut's Kevin Counihan to the newly created post on Tuesday.
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Counseling encouraged for overweight patients at risk for heart disease, task force says
By Sabriya Rice | August 26, 2014
Overweight and obese adults at risk for heart disease should be referred to or offered intensive behavioral counseling for diet and exercise interventions, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation concludes.
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What you don't know about Obamacare can't hurt you
By Harris Meyer | August 25, 2014
For some Obamacare opponents running for Congress, when the evidence doesn't support their arguments they simply don't notice it.
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Google Glass-focused startup raises funds, joining others bringing Glass to healthcare
By Darius Tahir | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Startup tech firm Wearable Intelligence, which has already garnered attention for using Google Glass in healthcare, has raised nearly $7.9 million of a planned $8.37 funding round, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
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Reform Update: Providers still skittish of CMS' renal ACO initiative
By Sabriya Rice | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With just a few months before its launch, some providers are expressing frustration with a CMS initiative aimed at testing innovative payment and care-delivery models specifically geared toward patients with end-stage renal disease. Too many questions remain about key details and the framework...
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Anesthesiologists pioneered solutions for tubing risks
By Andis Robeznieks | August 25, 2014
The Joint Commission's Sentinel Event alert last week warning of the hazards of misconnected medical tubes harkened back to how anesthesiologists addressed similar issues in the prehistory of the patient-safety movement.
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Todd Park stepping down as U.S. chief technology officer, returning to Silicon Valley
By Darius Tahir | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Todd Park, well-known in healthcare IT circles as a founder of Athenahealth and Castlight Health, is leaving his post as White House chief technology officer by year-end but won't be done with government, Fortune has reported.
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