Federal health agencies have released their long-awaited set of final rules governing accountable care organizations. Major concessions to the original plan include a reduction in quality measures, and a significant change to meaningful use requirements for electronic health record use. >>>
Prospective assignment, advanced payment, and accelerated shared savings are among the commercial accountable care organization features that will be available in Medicare ACOs under the federal government's final rules. >>>
An Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pilot program under way in three states aims to determine whether cash incentives offered by employers can move healthcare consumers to select low-cost facilities for medical care. >>>
How would the two major political parties address cuts to specific healthcare programs? Not in a bipartisan manner, and perhaps not at all. >>>
A package of reforms aimed at hospitals and announced by the Department of Health and Human Services will do away with "overly burdensome regulations," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>
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Hospitals and other healthcare providers serving as true safety nets are increasingly endangered under the weight of community service demands from uninsured and low-income patients. Tax exemptions and voluntary leadership can help. >>>
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