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Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet

By Associated Press  |  August 27, 2015

Famous people don't often get involved with Medicare payment policy, but a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg in wartime service have joined an industry campaign to block new requirements for artificial legs and feet.

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.

Robust Medicare Advantage competition almost nonexistent

Robust Medicare Advantage competition almost nonexistent

By Bob Herman  |  August 25, 2015

Competition among Medicare Advantage plans more closely resembles local oligopolies instead of a buzzing market overflowing with options for seniors, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund shows.

Editorial: Moving beyond a sterile reform debate

Editorial: Moving beyond a sterile reform debate

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 22, 2015

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll showed most Americans are more concerned about the rising price of drugs than repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But drug prices are not the only cost issue on peoples' minds.

Hospitals still under stress despite recovering economy

By Beth Kutscher  |  August 22, 2015

Healthcare providers have gotten some balance sheet relief, thanks to a greater number of paying patients over the past couple of years. But bankruptcy filings suggest the industry has recovered more slowly than the improving economy would indicate.

Hospitals use big-data platform to improve care

Hospitals use big-data platform to improve care

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 22, 2015

Cleveland Clinic spinoff Explorys collects and organizes data from hundreds of sources and gives providers and researchers tools and applications that allow them to comb through the data to identify patient risk factors, track outcomes and evaluate treatment success.

Data Points for Aug. 24, 2015

Data Points for Aug. 24, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 22, 2015

Data Points for the week of Aug. 24, 2015, covered the following topics: Insulin drug Humulin, physicians accepting Medicaid patients, Medicare patient expenditures, postponing care because of the cost and babies born through reproductive technology

Iasis latest to settle in federal heart-device investigation

By Lisa Schencker  |  August 17, 2015

Iasis Healthcare is the latest hospital chain to announce plans to settle with the federal government as part of a years-long, nationwide investigation into the suspected overuse of implantable defibrillators.

Many providers say no to bundled-payment test

By Melanie Evans  |  August 15, 2015

As Medicare prepares to require hundreds of hospitals to take bundled payments for some orthopedic surgeries, about two-thirds of the hospitals, medical groups and other providers mulling whether to join the Obama administration's voluntary bundled-payment program said, “No thanks.”

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