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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

For the second year, the CMS has awarded bonuses to 1 in 4 accountable care organizations working under a Medicare model intended to spur providers to deliver lower-cost care. They will share $422 million out of the $833 million they collectively saved the government in 2014.

The justice who decided healthcare reform's fate

The justice who decided healthcare reform's fate

By Lisa Schencker  |  August 22, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' influence on healthcare is hard to overstate, especially after this year's landmark King v. Burwell case. He placed No. 1 on Modern Healthcare's ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2015.

CDC conference will tackle coping in 'post-antibiotic' era

By Michael Sandler and Sabriya Rice  |  August 22, 2015

The threat of a looming “post-antibiotic era” has been detailed for years in media reports, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the nation has finally reached that tipping point.

GOP hopeful Walker offers health plan with tax credits

By Associated Press  |  August 18, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Tuesday offered an alternative to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that would provide tax credits and restructure Medicaid, and took a swipe at GOP rivals in Congress for their inability to repeal the law.

'Cadillac' tax repeal gains momentum

By Bob Herman  |  August 15, 2015

A growing lobbying push to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans would undo policymakers' goal of restructuring a tax exclusion that disproportionately benefits higher income workers and insulates all employees from most of the pain of rising healthcare costs.

Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 15, 2015

Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”

Obama signs Medicare observation stays bill

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 07, 2015

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that requires hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are receiving observation care but have not been admitted.

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

Providers back bill alerting Medicare patients about observation stays

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that would require hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are under observation care in a hospital but have not been admitted. Some observers, however, say the measure doesn't address the...

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