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Gloria Danna Brooks: advocating early discussions about end-of-life care
By Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
Discussions about end-of-life care issues need to come earlier in life. That's essentially the message everyone needs to hear, says Gloria Danna Brooks, president and CEO of Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich., since 2007.
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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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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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Federal directive threatens Oregon Medicaid reform
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon HealthPlan are worried a new federal directive could undo the state's Medicaid reform.
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Population health management requires excellence in the basics
By Nathan Kaufman | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The concept of population health management is necessary, important and good, but the healthcare industry's current assumptions about the benefits of assuming global risk is déjà vu all over again.
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Reform Update: Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive
By Andis Robeznieks | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Primary care is a foundation of healthcare reform efforts, and patient-centered medical homes are one of the delivery system innovations encouraged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But recent studies present a mixed picture of the effectiveness of medical homes in improving...
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Premera Blue Cross adds Seattle Children's to settle dispute
By Paul Demko | August 18, 2014
Premera Blue Cross will add Seattle Children's hospital to its provider network for plans sold on Washington state's insurance exchange, ending a long-running dispute over network adequacy.
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Soon-Shiong to head cancer care at Providence
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, 62, will be global director for cancer services and bioinformatics at Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash.
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Billionaire doc Soon-Shiong's next goal: redefine cancer care
By Bob Herman | August 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is one of the most well-known surgeons in healthcare. He's worth billions of dollars, thanks to several medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs. He's also a minority owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. So why has he decided to take a job with Renton, Wash.-based...
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Ascension forms senior-care unit to integrate post-acute-care services
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
To strengthen its footprint in the post-acute-care sector, Ascension Health has formed a senior-care division to integrate its extensive post-acute-care services and establish more uniform care standards.
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