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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.

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.”

A suitor turned grudging merger target

By Bob Herman  |  August 15, 2015

Behind the scenes of the months-long Humana acquisition drama, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini bested Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani at every turn. Cordani wound up getting very little of what he wanted, including a top job.

Data Points for Aug. 17, 2015

Data Points for Aug. 17, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Data Points for the week of Aug. 17, 2015, covered the following topics: Antipsychotic drugs, hospital CEO compensation, healthcare "super-utilizers" and mortality from pneumonia.

CMS extends enforcement delay for two-midnight rule

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 12, 2015

The CMS has extended the enforcement delay for the controversial two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays to fall in line with recently proposed changes to the policy.

Meaningful use of EHRs by doctors fell in 2014

Meaningful use of EHRs by doctors fell in 2014

By Joseph Conn  |  August 12, 2015

Participation by office-based physicians in the electronic health-record incentive payment program waned significantly in 2014, the program's fourth year, as clinicians faced system upgrades and tougher requirements.

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