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Patients much likelier to choose hospital that employs their doctor

By Melanie Evans  |  September 01, 2015

When patients have to go to the hospital, they're likely to choose a facility that employs their doctor, a new study suggests. The study, which finds that patients of independent doctors often choose low-cost and high-quality hospitals, hints that not all organizations are successfully integrating...

Primary-care docs reaping the most from shared-savings ACOs

Primary-care docs reaping the most from shared-savings ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  August 29, 2015

Accountable care organizations in Medicare's Shared Savings Program get to decide for themselves how to distribute bonuses, and primary-care doctors appear to be benefiting the most, according to a review of disclosures by the participants.

Few Medicare ACOs earned bonuses in 2014

Few Medicare ACOs earned bonuses in 2014

By Melanie Evans  |  August 25, 2015

Three out of four Medicare accountable care organizations did not slow health spending enough to earn bonuses last year, a continuation of mixed results for an initiative that federal officials have targeted for rapid expansion.

Closer provider-insurer ties bring new challenges

Closer provider-insurer ties bring new challenges

By Joseph Conn  |  August 15, 2015

Increased collaboration between providers and payers is inevitable, but that doesn't mean the future financial interests of these oft-warring parties will align, say healthcare leaders surveyed in Modern Healthcare's third-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.

Pressure from purchasers will be 'painful' but 'beneficial'

Pressure from purchasers will be 'painful' but 'beneficial'

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Dave Blom, CEO of Columbus-based OhioHealth, talks about the impact of Medicaid expansion, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's role in implementing that expansion, electronic health-record interoperability, and his approach to motivating employees.

Boeing negotiates directly with more health systems

Boeing negotiates directly with more health systems

By Melanie Evans  |  August 04, 2015

Airplane manufacturer Boeing Co. will soon offer more employees the option of health benefits negotiated directly with local health systems, an expansion of a strategy the employer first used last year in Seattle to better control healthcare costs.

North Carolina health systems consider starting insurance plans

North Carolina health systems consider starting insurance plans

By Bob Herman  |  July 21, 2015

One large health system in North Carolina is ready to launch a Medicare Advantage plan, while two others are mulling the pros and cons of becoming a payer. The state is a microcosm of health system discussions across the nation.

Technology expertise key for ACO growth

By Michael Sandler  |  July 11, 2015

The estimated number of Americans covered by accountable care organizations shot up 30.7% between 2014 and 2015, while the total number of ACOs ticked up only slightly from 726 to 738, according to Modern Healthcare's annual list of ACOs by state.

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