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Data Points for April 27, 2015

Data Points for April 27, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 27, 2015, covered the following topics: E-cigarettes, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage enrollment, mammograms, antimicrobials, epidemiologists

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 66, will be CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, a Washington-based lobbying organization that advocates for the private Medicare Advantage industry.

Humana invests further in home health visits

By Bob Herman  |  April 21, 2015

Health insurer Humana has acquired Your Home Advantage, a Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based company that sends nurse practitioners and other providers to assess and care for patients in their homes.

Allyson Schwartz named CEO of Medicare Advantage lobbying group

Allyson Schwartz named CEO of Medicare Advantage lobbying group

By Bob Herman  |  April 21, 2015

Former U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is donning a new hat on Capitol Hill. The Pennsylvania Democrat will head the Better Medicare Alliance, a young lobbying organization funded by health insurers, providers and business groups.

Data Points for April 20, 2015

Data Points for April 20, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 20, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare costs, Medicaid, CHIP, foreign-educated nurses, prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries

Why private-equity firms are buying up primary-care practices

Why private-equity firms are buying up primary-care practices

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 18, 2015

Private-equity firms traditionally have invested in medical groups that offer high-reimbursement potential, such as dermatology and dentistry. Now, equity firms are also scouting for primary-care practices that are ahead of the curve in value-based care.

Medical group builds EHR to improve care

Medical group builds EHR to improve care

By Darius Tahir  |  April 18, 2015

Dr. Christopher Chen, CEO of Miami Gardens, Fla.-based ChenMed, knew his physician-led primary-care group would have to optimize its performance to successfully expand from its home base. One factor giving him confidence was its custom-built electronic health-record system, which includes patient...

Despite rate complaints, Advantage plans continue to grow

Despite rate complaints, Advantage plans continue to grow

By Bob Herman  |  April 11, 2015

Medicare Advantage insurers last week learned the CMS will boost payment rates for 2016 by the highest amount since the ACA was enacted. Insurers have complained bitterly about the yearly rate uncertainty, but Advantage enrollment has grown by about 8% annually since 2010. What gives?

Medicare Advantage rates show insurers' lobbying muscle

By Bob Herman  |  April 07, 2015

Health insurers didn't get everything they wanted from their lobbying blitz on Medicare Advantage rates, but the policies issued Monday made the industry's political power abundantly clear.

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