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Minn. Blues insurer cuts back ACA exchange participation

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back its participation in the state's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year after losing nearly $300 million in the individual market in 2015.

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 18, 2016

The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.

Innovations: Connecting to patients with mobile tech

Innovations: Connecting to patients with mobile tech

By Beth Kutscher  |  June 11, 2016

Plano, Texas-based Vivify Health's software platform allows clinicians to monitor and check in with patients at home. The highest-risk patients are provided with a tablet, while others access the tools through their own devices.

John Oliver erases some medical debt with satirical touch

John Oliver erases some medical debt with satirical touch

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 11, 2016

Recently on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” comedian John Oliver took on the issue of medical debt, which he wrapped in the spectacle of a charitable move and a saucy challenge to former talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Data Points for June 6, 2016

Data Points for June 6, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 04, 2016

Data Points for the week of June 6, 2016, covered the following topics: Rural healthcare, EMS services in rural areas, VA services in rural areas, and healthcare access in rural areas.

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

For-profit hospitals blaze separate path to efficiency, quality

By Harris Meyer  |  May 28, 2016

A half-century after formation of the Federation of American Hospitals, for-profit hospital chains have moved beyond a scandal-plagued past to forge a permanent place in the healthcare landscape that features both collaboration and competition with not-for-profit systems.

Senators seek lawmakers' focus on mental health reform

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 21, 2016

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) hope a gathering of mental health professionals this week will remind their fellow legislators that time is running out to reform the country's mental health system.

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