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Privia Health secures $400 million for national expansion
By Beth Kutscher | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Privia Health, which provides practice-management tools to independent physician practices, has secured $400 million in new funding that will allow it to launch a nationwide expansion strategy.
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Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The participants in Medicare's programs for accountable care organizations have continued to produce mixed results. Quality broadly improved but savings proved more elusive among the early participants.
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Vital Signs
Insurance coverage, provider preference affect who gets bariatric surgery, report finds
By Beth Kutscher | September 16, 2014
Wide variations in whether Medicare patients undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity suggest that insurance coverage and provider preference are heavily influencing who has access to the procedure, a new report indicates. What the report didn't find, however, was a correlation between the...
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Doctors over-extended, worried about patient access, new study finds
By Andis Robeznieks | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Most doctors are worried about future patient access to care, finds a new survey of roughly 20,100 physicians done by the Physicians Foundation.
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Reform Update: Premiums may prevent low-income residents from enrolling in Medicaid, experts say
By Virgil Dickson | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hungry to get holdout states to expand Medicaid, the Obama administration has been increasingly willing to allow them to impose premiums and cost-sharing on low-income residents. But policy experts generally agree that the fees will mean many newly eligible people won't enroll, and some say the...
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Information
Cleveland Clinic to launch Center for Functional Medicine
By Timothy Magaw, Crain's Cleveland Business | September 16, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic announced it will launch a center that focuses on how lifestyle factors contribute to chronic disease. The new Center for Functional Medicine, which the clinic said is the first of its kind at an academic medical center, will open Sept. 23 and will be led by Dr. Mark Hyman, a...
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AMA pleads for more user-friendly EHRs
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association is targeting the usability—or lack thereof—of electronic health-record systems as part of a broader campaign to improve physician satisfaction.
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Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.
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Fairview's health plan leaving Minnesota insurance exchange
By James Nord | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a surprising move that will shake up Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-run health plan affiliated with Fairview Health Services, will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015, company and state officials announced Tuesday.
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Number of uninsured cut by 3.8 million in first quarter of 2014
By Paul Demko | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The number of individuals lacking health insurance coverage decreased by 3.8 million in the first quarter of this year, according to federal statistics released Tuesday. The level of uninsured dropped from 14.4% to 13.1%, compared to the same period in 2013, according to the survey conducted by the...
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Hospital, physician office prices remain flat in August
By Melanie Evans | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The moderate inflation that has helped slow health spending continued last month, as prices paid by insurers to physician offices and acute-care hospitals remained flat, federal figures show.
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Voting underway for Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards
By Modern Healthcare | September 16, 2014
Voting is now underway for Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards for 2014, recognizing healthcare executives for their service to those outside of the organizations they lead to improve their health and well-being.
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Obama announces increased U.S. efforts against Ebola
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama has outlined a heightened U.S. effort to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
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Cognizant inks $2.7 billion deal to buy health IT firm TriZetto
By Joseph Conn | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cognizant, a global, publicly traded technology consulting and business process outsourcing firm, plans to acquire TriZetto Corp., a privately held health information technology company that serves the health insurance industry and healthcare providers, for $2.7 billion, the companies announced...
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Reform Update: Doctors order unnecessary tests without even realizing it
By Sabriya Rice | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physicians order unnecessary tests and procedures to inoculate themselves from legal liability more than they realize, according to a new survey of physicians at several hospitals in one Massachusetts health system.
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Legislators raise concerns about revamping liver allocations
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A bipartisan group of more than 50 U.S. House members is raising concerns about a plan to overhaul how livers are allocated across the country for transplants.
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Hackbarth leaving MedPAC board after 15 years
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Glenn Hackbarth will step down as chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission next year. Hackbarth was appointed to the commission in 2000 and has served as chairman since 2001.
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Information
Maker of hepatitis C drug strikes deal on generics for poor countries
By New York Times | September 15, 2014
Gilead Sciences, the maker of one of the costliest drugs in the world, announced on Monday that it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic-drug makers to sell lower-cost versions of the medicine—a $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment—in poorer countries.
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Rural health clinics could be getting overpaid, report cautions
By Virgil Dickson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hundreds of rural health clinics may have been overpaid millions of dollars, according to a recently released report from HHS' Office of Inspector General. Of the 3,521 RHCs OIG examined in its report, 434, or 12%, no longer meet one or both of the qualifications to maintain the designation.
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AIG snags Kaiser CIO Phillip Fasano
By Joseph Conn | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance giant American International Group has named Kaiser Permanente health information technology executive Phillip Fasano to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief information officer, the New York City-based insurer has announced.
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Dr. Gail Anderson, 'father of emergency medicine,' dies
By Rachel Landen | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Gail Anderson, a surgeon known as the “father of emergency medicine,” died earlier this month of complications from pneumonia in Pasadena, Calif. Anderson was 88, according to the University of Southern California, where he was a founding faculty member of its emergency medicine...
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Wellmont appoints Hove as interim CEO
By Beth Kutscher | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Wellmont Health System, the Kingsport, Tenn.-based system that is undergoing a search for a partner, named Bart Hove as its interim president and CEO effective Tuesday. Hove succeeds Denny DeNarvaez, who resigned last week after four years at the helm.
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Information
Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work
By Reuters | September 15, 2014
Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice.
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