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Accountable care's rocky road

Accountable care's rocky road

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 09, 2015

Medicare's 32 Pioneer accountable care organizations posted mixed results after two years, revealing once again that making money from care coordination is proving a heavy lift for most provider organizations.

Partners HealthCare to close LTAC hospital in Massachusetts

Partners HealthCare to close LTAC hospital in Massachusetts

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 09, 2015

The Boston-based system will end inpatient operations at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore later this year because its leaders concluded it won't be able to survive under new CMS admitting criteria.

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.

Demand grows for care coordinators

Demand grows for care coordinators

By Melanie Evans  |  March 28, 2015

A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.

Massachusetts slams Partners' plan to buy physicians group

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 14, 2015

Boston-based Partners HealthCare, only weeks after it lost an antitrust battle regarding planned acquisitions, is in the crosshairs again, this time from the Massachusetts attorney general, for the planned purchase of a doctors group.

Partners HealthCare drops plans to acquire South Shore

Partners HealthCare drops plans to acquire South Shore

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 21, 2015

Boston-based Partners HealthCare has abandoned plans to acquire South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, Mass., in light of a court ruling spiking its deal with state regulators to address antitrust concerns.

Contact-free patient sensor reduces alarm fatigue

Contact-free patient sensor reduces alarm fatigue

By Darius Tahir  |  February 07, 2015

Waltham, Mass.-based EarlySense invented a sensor that monitors heart rate, respiratory rate and patient movement without direct contact with the patient. When the product didn't take off with consumers, EarlySense refocused on hospitals and patient safety.

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