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Universal American's zeal for ACOs is fading
By Melanie Evans | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurer Universal American, the largest operator of Medicare accountable care organizations, has exited three ACOs and may drop more as the company sheds poorly performing or fringe businesses, said executives with the publicly traded insurer.

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NQF clarifies info on trial on socio-economic factors
By Sabriya Rice | July 28, 2014
The National Quality Forum says its upcoming trial examining the effects of socio-economic factors may potentially include 30-day readmission measures, but that is not the sole focus. The quality improvement organization offered clarity Monday, amid confusion the trial would look exclusively at...

Video | Geriatricians enter the "Shark Tank" to hone program pitches
By Modern Healthcare | July 27, 2014
A pitching session modeled on the television show "Shark Tank" is one component of the Practice Change Leaders, a yearlong professional development program for geriatricians and others who care for older adults.

NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions
By Sabriya Rice | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The impact of socio-demographic factors on 30-day hospital readmissions will be the focus of a robust new National Quality Forum trial, the organization announced Wednesday. The trial will consider such factors as income, education, race and primary language.

Four private-equity firms seen as possible Gentiva suitors
By Bob Herman | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Gentiva Health Services' mystery white knight bidder is likely a private-equity firm, analysts agree. GTCR, Cressey & Co., Formation Capital, and even Wall Street powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. are among the leading candidates pinpointed by analysts as likely to be willing to pay roughly...

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Slide Show: Six apps aimed at reducing hospital readmissions
By Modern Healthcare | July 15, 2014
These apps are among a growing array that companies are pitching as tools to rein in hospital readmissions. Their developers must overcome of variety of barriers, including the need to interact with multiple EHR systems and skepticism that mobile tech can change patient behavior.

Reform Update: CMS creates fund to seed state-based Medicaid innovation
By Virgil Dickson | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is setting aside more than $100 million over the next five years to help states develop and test new Medicaid payment and delivery models.

Reducing Readmissions – the C-suite Perspective
July 14, 2014
Addressing the challenge of reducing hospital readmissions using manual processes is not a viable long-term solution. With other IT mandates demanding time and attention, your readmissions initiatives may suffer. However, with the right health information technology (HIT) platform, you can sustain...

Preventing readmissions: Is there an app for that?
By Jaimy Lee | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
About 200 Medicare patients who live in Phoenix will receive sensors for their inhalers this year that track how often they use their medication.

CareFirst reports major savings with medical home program
By Rachel Landen | July 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
CareFirst's Patient-Centered Medical Home Program is continuing to bend the healthcare-cost curve after three years of operation and more than $267 million in savings, the insurer announced.



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