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New York's Mount Sinai, upstate physician group create alliance
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is taking its population health network beyond the city's fabled five boroughs to create a partnership with Crystal Run Healthcare.
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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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Reform Update: Political season injects variables into healthcare agenda
By Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The dynamics of healthcare reform may wildly change in the weeks ahead. The congressional calendar calls for a short legislative session followed by nonstop campaigning, a November election followed by a lame-duck session, and then finally the seating of a new Congress that could feature a shift in...
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ACOs not adopting advanced health IT tools, citing cost concerns, survey finds
By Bloomberg BNA | August 14, 2014
The majority of accountable care organizations have not progressed from simply collecting health data electronically to using electronic data for analysis and care coordination, according to preliminary results of a survey released by the eHealth Initiative and the research group Premier.
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DaVita's CMO Nissenson on Medicare renal ACOs, improving care
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014
Dr. Allen Nissenson, CMO for Denver-based DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, says his organization believes in the ACO approach and plans to take part in coming Medicare accountable care pilot programs, though there are concerns about financing and regulation.
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Morphing healthcare market forces top execs to retool their skills
By Melanie Evans | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare executive jobs are morphing as the marketplace—driven by new financial incentives in the ACA and risk-based contracting—forces providers to overhaul their processes in an attempt to deliver higher-quality care at lower cost.
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Wisconsin health systems partner up, work for ACO
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Six of the most prominent healthcare systems in Wisconsin have created a new partnership, jumping on the nationwide bandwagon of forming strategic alliances to share information while remaining independent.
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Eastern Maine gets bigger but operating margin lags
By Beth Kutscher | August 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Eastern Maine Health Systems, an eight-hospital group based in Brewer, reported a smaller operating margin in the first nine months of fiscal 2014 as it integrates its latest acquisition.
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Six Wisconsin systems create pact, aim for ACO
By Bob Herman | August 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Six of the most prominent healthcare systems in Wisconsin have created a new partnership, jumping on the nationwide bandwagon of forming strategic alliances to share information, while remaining independent.
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Reform Update: Medicare offers waiver of 3-day rule for some ACOs, bundled payments
By Melanie Evans | August 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The average number of days that patients spend hospitalized has gradually declined. That trend, however, is at odds with Medicare rules in place since that program began requiring a three-day hospital stay before the CMS will pay for skilled-nursing care. But now the CMS is offering a waiver of the...
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