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Nevada hospital runs mobile hospital at Burning Man
By Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When 68,000 or so participants converge on Nevada's Black Rock Desert this week to get the Burning Man fire arts gathering raging, things could get weird. They usually do.
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Medicare patients often see nurses instead of docs for skin problems
By Kaiser Health News via NPR | August 20, 2014
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are taking on more and more responsibility for primary care these days. And an analysis of Medicare data finds many of these healthcare providers are performing procedures you might not have expected.
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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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VA expands new care program, but providers may balk at the low rates it pays
By Virgil Dickson | August 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Despite expanding the scope of the Patient-Centered Community Care program to include primary care, “the dollar impact of this change remains within scope of the original contract award and requires no change to the overall contract maximums,” the VA said in a contract notice.
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Wal-Mart seeks foothold in primary-care services
By New York Times | August 08, 2014
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering a simple menu of medical services that consumers can buy along with everything from a bag of chips to a lawn mower. Now, the store is making an aggressive push to become...
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Six states, D.C. extending Medicaid pay raise next year to primary-care docs
By Washington Post | July 31, 2014
Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary-care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-income people enrolling in the expanding insurance program have...
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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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Podcast
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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