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Reform Update: Economists waiting for more numbers before dissecting ACA's impact on spending
By Melanie Evans | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumer health spending did not accelerate in April, May and June even as insurance coverage purchased through March under Obamacare went into effect, a preliminary federal estimate shows. Economists, however, met the news with more skepticism than curiosity, perhaps because of dramatic revisions...
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Suit alleges Tennessee put Medicaid applicants in limbo by steering them to HealthCare.gov
By Beth Kutscher | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tennessee residents who faced lengthy delays when they applied for Medicaid are now suing the state for failing to process their applications in a timely manner.
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Most consumers unclear about physician quality, poll finds
By Associated Press | July 20, 2014
Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that.
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TransforMED CEO Bagley on the growth of the medical-home model
By Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014
TransforMED CEO Dr. Bruce Bagley discusses the growth of the medical-home model, emerging outcomes data and how primary-care physicians are doing when it comes to implementing health information technology. He spoke with Maureen McKinney, Modern Healthcare's editorial programs manager, at the...
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Medical home missionary sees encouraging cost and quality trends
By Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Bruce Bagley is president and CEO of TransforMED, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which provides guidance and support to physicians implementing patient-centered medical homes.
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Changes in the works for Medicaid managed care in Louisiana
By Associated Press | July 19, 2014
Louisiana's health department intends to rework how it pays the private managed-care networks that provide health services to two-thirds of the state's Medicaid patients, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration told lawmakers Friday.
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America's Essential Hospitals names Walker chairman
By Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. William Walker, 69, is the new board chairman of America's Essential Hospitals.
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Kentucky law grants prescribing authority to nurses
By Andis Robeznieks | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new Kentucky state law that expands prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses took effect Tuesday, the same day that a study was published touting the benefits of having nurses manage care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
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New NCQA program would mesh ambulatory clinics, medical homes
By Bob Herman | July 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has pitched a new patient-centered medical home program months after the group faced criticism for previous initiatives. The target for the new program: nontraditional ambulatory sites.
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Wachter, McClellan offer takes on measuring quality
By Modern Healthcare | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Two of the nation's leading experts on healthcare quality—Dr. Bob Wachter, professor and chief of the division of hospital medicine at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, and Dr. Mark McClellan, senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the...
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