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Price transparency needed from all stakeholders, HFMA task force says
By Rachel Landen | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on healthcare price information for patients who want to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. But government and employers should also help consumers understand healthcare prices, according to a report released today by...
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Could insurance cover wearable health tech?
By Information Week | April 16, 2014
Wearable computers are becoming fashionable attire for consumers, especially fitness enthusiasts. It's a trend healthcare professionals can tap to improve patient and population health—and that insurers might be willing to pay for.
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Reform Update: Pharmacists call for delay on new Medicaid generic reimbursement rates
By Virgil Dickson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pharmacists and drug manufacturers are pushing the CMS for a one-year transition period before states attempt to implement a new formula mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will significantly trim Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
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Hospital, doctor prices rise in March
By Melanie Evans | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prices for inpatient hospital care accelerated slightly more rapidly last month than prices for outpatient services, as the overall Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.8%.
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Reform Update: Obamacare will boost malpractice claims, RAND study says
By Paul Demko | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The healthcare reform law will reduce liability payouts by insurers for auto and workers' compensation claims by nearly $1.7 billion annually while increasing medical malpractice claims by $120 million a year, according to a new study released by the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.
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With new health law, insurers target diabetics
By Associated Press | April 13, 2014
Diabetics beware. Your insurance company is looking for you. As hundreds of thousands of diabetics get health coverage under the federal law, insurance companies are aggressively targeting this glut of new patients, who are expensive to treat and often lax in taking medications and following their...
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Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought
By Jaimy Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use.
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Physician payment data may drive hospital, insurer decisions
By Joe Carlson | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Insurers, hospitals and fraud investigators will be closely examining HHS' massive release last week of information on 2012 Medicare Part B payments to individual physicians and other providers, seen by many experts as a burgeoning era of transparency in pricing, quality and utilization.
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Insurers predict Medicare Advantage cuts even as CMS touts rate increase
By Catherine Hollander | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Insurers and Wall Street analysts foresee 2015 payment cuts for Medicare Advantage plans even as the Obama administration, under intense industry lobbying, said last week that it planned to slightly boost rates.
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Double-digit premium hikes 'likely' for 2015 exchange plans
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A little over a year ago, Joseph Swedish took over the reins of WellPoint, the $71 billion insurance giant whose plans and affiliates finance the healthcare needs of nearly 70 million individuals. A veteran...
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