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Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser
By Melanie Evans | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's largest insurers. It also underscores the eagerness across the industry to broker novel and riskier...
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Wake Forest, WakeMed, Vidant form non-ownership alliance
By Beth Kutscher | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three health systems in North Carolina have formed a non-ownership alliance that will allow them to share back-office functions while still maintaining their independence.
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Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The participants in Medicare's programs for accountable care organizations have continued to produce mixed results. Quality broadly improved but savings proved more elusive among the early participants.
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U.S. hospitals burdened by high administrative costs
By Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When I was a kid in Shreveport, La., my father was chief of radiology at the local hospital. He also ran the hospital and supervised the cafeteria. Today he'd be the COO.
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Advocate-NorthShore merger continues trend toward regional supersystems
By Bob Herman | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem that would create a $7 billion academic-suburban behemoth reinforces the growing national trend of large, financially stable healthcare organizations realigning as regional mega-systems.
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Vanderbilt Health CEO Pinson on standardization, value
By Modern Healthcare | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. C. Wright Pinson, CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System in Nashville and deputy vice chancellor for health affairs and associate dean for clinical affairs at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discusses federal funding cuts for academic centers, quality-improvement efforts and...
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Providers see little enthusiasm to join Pioneer ACOs
By Melanie Evans | September 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal officials are floating the idea of expanding Medicare's Pioneer model for accountable care organizations, but they might struggle to recruit any new participants.
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Providers wary of Medicare kidney-care ACO initiative
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Kidney-care providers are raising questions about the payment provisions and quality measures to be used in a Medicare initiative scheduled to start in January that will test accountable care models for patients with end-stage renal disease.
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Vital Signs
Defense contractors storm the Obamacare contract beach
By Bob Herman | August 28, 2014
HHS' Office of Inspector General released a report this week showing a chorus of companies is being paid to build and maintain HealthCare.gov. The familiar names were there, but two companies in particular raised an eyebrow.
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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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