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Income-based 'churn' in coverage less than expected

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 25, 2015

Policy experts have worried that lower-income people would get bumped back and forth between Medicaid and exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act. But a Modern Healthcare survey of exchanges and insurers suggests such disruption has been modest so far.

Broadening focus from healthcare to well-being

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 18, 2015

Just as the medical home has morphed into the medical neighborhood, a new initiative seeks to take the concept of population health to the national and international levels.

Frenk leaving Harvard to succeed Shalala at University of Miami

Frenk leaving Harvard to succeed Shalala at University of Miami

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Dr. Julio Frenk, 61, will be president of the University of Miami, starting in September. Frenk, the university's first Hispanic president, replaces former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, who has led the university since 2001.

Wachter not afraid to challenge status quo

Wachter not afraid to challenge status quo

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

For nearly two decades, Dr. Robert Wachter, 57, associate chairman of the department of medicine at University of California San Francisco, has tackled topics that challenge the status quo. “To me, that's part of the gig,” he said.

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.

FTC takes sharper look at hospital mergers in adjoining markets

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 04, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission's decision to take more time to examine the proposed merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois is in line with what legal experts say is the agency's move to apply more scrutiny to deals between hospitals in adjoining markets.

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

By Bob Herman  |  March 28, 2015

Narrow-network health plans have grown in popularity, particularly on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, because their cheaper premiums appeal to price-sensitive consumers, but there is significant consumer and provider dissatisfaction with how many of these plans are organized.

An uncertain 50th birthday for Medicare

An uncertain 50th birthday for Medicare

By Paul Demko  |  March 14, 2015

Medicare is fast approaching its 50th anniversary: It was signed into law July 30, 1965. But don't expect a celebratory mood when Medicare experts and advocates gather in Washington for the March 20 event, “Honoring 50 Years of Medicare.”

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