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Double-digit premium hikes common in pre-ACA small-group market
By Paul Demko | September 17, 2014
Average premium increases in the small-group market typically ranged from 5% to 6.5% in most states from 2000 to 2013, according to a new analysis of insurance data from researchers at the Urban Institute. But double-digit increases were not unusual and the breadth of changes varied significantly...
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Slow Ebola response blamed on false assumptions about its course
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health experts and humanitarian organizations waging war against the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa hope plans announced Tuesday by the Obama Administration to send additional aid to affected regions will encourage more philanthropic support and health worker recruitment. Both money and...
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Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser
By Melanie Evans | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's largest insurers. It also underscores the eagerness across the industry to broker novel and riskier...
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With Kaiser in sight, Anthem creates new plan with major California hospitals
By Bob Herman | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and seven competing health systems in Southern California are joining forces to create a new health plan that executives believe will enhance competition in the area while reducing healthcare costs.
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New Anthem network makes business case for HMO-ACO hybrid
By Bob Herman | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, the newly announced joint venture among WellPoint subsidiary Anthem and seven prominent Southern California providers, will blend both the past and future as its planned HMO-like structure also looks to implement elements found in today's accountable care organizations.
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CT scans may be overused for detecting kidney stones
By Sabriya Rice | September 17, 2014
Using an ultrasound rather than a CT scan for patients suspected of having kidney stones could be preferable to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, concludes a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. No significant differences were evident in detecting high-risk diagnoses, serious...
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Calif. collaborative will first rely on Anthem for data analytics
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Seven Southern California hospitals and healthcare systems combining with insurance giant Anthem to create a super-sized coordinated-care organization will be relying on more conventional data-sharing and analytics for care management and coordination, at least at first.
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8% of patients stop taking Sovaldi, CVS study finds
By Jaimy Lee | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
About 8% of the patients who started taking Sovaldi to treat hepatitis C discontinued their treatment regimen prior to its conclusion, according to an analysis released Wednesday by CVS Health. The findings raise questions about how effective the costly drug will be in a larger patient population...
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Webinar: Defeating Superbugs | Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM CT | 11:00 AM ET
September 17, 2014
Defeating Superbugs: Hospitals on the Front Lines. This editorial webinar and “Defeating Superbugs” white paper will explore the steps providers must take to ramp up surveillance efforts, promote appropriate antibiotic use and control outbreaks. Our panel of experts will share their...
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Wake Forest, WakeMed, Vidant form non-ownership alliance
By Beth Kutscher | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web 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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