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Slavitt named second-in-command at CMS
By Paul Demko | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Andrew Slavitt has huge responsibilities and challenges ahead as the new second-in-command at the CMS.

Video | The healthcare payment revolution is now
By Modern Healthcare | July 20, 2014
Value-based reimbursement now makes up some portion of the revenue stream for most providers. Within a few years it will exceed 50%. Experts question whether providers and insurers are truly prepared for the pace of change.

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New payment model saved oncology groups $33 million, study finds
By Sabriya Rice | July 08, 2014
The total cost of caring for patients with three types of cancers was lowered by more than a third, in a new study detailing use of an experimental physician-payment method, an alternative to the widely used fee-for-service model. The results are encouraging, oncology and health policy leaders say.

Corizon Health taps UnitedHealthcare exec as president
By Bob Herman | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Corizon Health, a for-profit provider of healthcare services at prisons, has named Scott Bowers president and COO, effective Aug. 4.

First Choice Emergency Room's parent goes public
By Bob Herman | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Adeptus Health, the parent company of the largest free-standing emergency room network in the U.S., went public Wednesday, with shares jumping by the end of the day.

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Care delivery data key to lowering supply chain costs
By Beth Kutscher | June 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
“Supply chain sits at the intersection of cost, quality and outcomes,” Karen Conway, executive director of industry relations at GHX, told HFMA attendees Monday. “To do supply chain, you have to have data.”

Not-for-profit insurance collaboration in N.Y. could be blueprint, experts say
By Andis Robeznieks | May 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A collaboration between two noncompeting not-for-profit health plans in New York could serve as a model for similar companies seeking to survive in increasingly competitive medium-sized markets, those familiar with the deal said.

Reform Update: Accept consolidation trend and find ways to cope with rising prices, papers say
By Melanie Evans | May 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital and physician consolidation underway won't end anytime soon—and shouldn't, in some cases—but with concentration comes the risk of rising prices that demands response from policymakers, according to newly published papers from attorneys and economists.

Is a Trojan horse lurking behind transparency push?
May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Health insurance giants to make payment data accessible to public”: One wonders why health plans might want to send claims data to a plan-supported, not-for-profit enterprise that is collecting payment information.

Insurance exchange premiums shouldn't spike in 2015: study
By Paul Demko | May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Premiums for insurance plans sold through the federal and state exchanges were lower than anticipated in 2014 and double-digit spikes shouldn't be expected next year, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



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