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Population Health Perils

Edward Prewitt

Current efforts toward population health management are no more than experiments. Some health systems and practitioners will be winners and others will be losers—and it's too early to know for sure which will be which. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Unveils 4 Bundled Payment Models

Payment models introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are intended to drive efficiency in the care of Medicare patients by bundling episodes of care and may vary with each hospital's negotiated contract. >>>

Steward Health Lost $14.6M in 2011

State monitors do not appear to be concerned about the red ink in Steward's first year of operation. The for-profit system obeyed mandates related to its 2010 acquisition of six hospitals owned by non-profit Caritas Christi Health Care, a Massachusetts report says. >>>

M&A Roundup: Prime, Tenet, BIDMC Announce Deals

Prime Healthcare Services has announced two separate acquisitions of financially troubled hospitals in New Jersey and Kansas. Tenet signed a joint venture with John Muir Health in California. >>>

Individual Mandate More Like Suggested Donation

The IRS has already said it will not enforce penalties for not obtaining health insurance, but according to an exception-filled set of rules proposed by the White House, there wouldn't be much to enforce even if the agency were willing. >>>

Physicians' Persistent 'Overuse' of Care Continues

Researchers examining ambulatory care data find continued overuse of non-beneficial, potentially harmful care. >>>

Who Pays Hospital Costs for Patients in Police Custody?

Medicare has paid millions of dollars it should not have for incarcerated patients. Now it's cracking down. Hospitals without sound financial policies governing these patients could be stuck with no payment and no recourse. >>>



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News Headlines

Steward Health Care a force for change

The Boston Globe, February 4, 2013

Health insurers highlight excessive out-of-network charges

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013

WakeMed's Medicare settlement with feds would allow confidential reports

The News & Observer, February 4, 2013

Aetna profit slips as insurer settles reimbursement lawsuit

Bloomberg, February 1, 2013

Small surgeries, huge markups

Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2013

How to cut $9.4T from Medicare, in 150 easy steps

The Washington Post, January 31, 2013

Mayo Clinic seeking state help for $5B expansion

Minnesota Public Radio, January 31, 2013

Specialty groups back IPAB repeal

The Hill, January 30, 2013

GA hospital fee clears another hurdle

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 30, 2013

Medicaid expansion may save FL money

The Miami Herald, January 30, 2013



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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