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Aetna, Memorial Hermann ACO: A Year in the Making

Jacqueline Fellows

A complex deal between the health insurer and one of the largest independent physician networks in Texas to build an accountable care organization required an "unprecedented" level of transparency. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

DOJ, HHS Announce $4.2B in Medicare Fraud Recoveries

Enhanced enrollment requirements, expanded recovery efforts for overpayments, increased data sharing among government agencies, and greater oversight of private insurance abuses are credited for the improved rates of recovery. >>>

IBM's Watson Heads for Clinics, Spurring Debate

Reports of Watson's projected diagnostic prowess have fed fevered speculation that artificial intelligence is at long last about to make doctors obsolete. But IBM insists that's not Watson's role. >>>

Dartmouth Readmissions Report Shows Scant Progress

Slow progress in reducing rates of 30-day hospital readmissions is partly explained "by the way healthcare systems have invested and the way they've built themselves over the years," says one of the study's principal investigators. >>>

AMA Issues 5 Patient Safety Guidelines

The American Medical Association's five guidelines outline physician responsibilities during care transitions for patients recently discharged from the hospital. >>>

CBO Analysis Renews Calls for SGR Repeal

A Congressional Budget Office analysis released this week lops $107 billion from the cost of eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate funding formula and may fuel support for a House bill to put an end to the mandate. >>>

Unlocking Value-Based Care's Upside

Data analytics—both clinical and actuarial—and hyper-focused care management in the form of "commando RNs" are two keys to readying healthcare organizations for value-based care, says the new CEO of xG Health Solutions. >>>

How to Stop Unhappy Nurses From Leaving

The key to improving nurse recruitment and retention appears to lie in extending nurses' access to advanced degrees and specialty certifications, a study suggests. >>>



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News Headlines

WellPoint names Swedish from Trinity Health as new CEO

Bloomberg, February 13, 2013

Dispute develops over discount drug program

The New York Times, February 13, 2013

Graph: The slowdown in US healthcare spending

The Atlantic, February 13, 2013

Price for a new hip? Many hospitals are stumped

The New York Times, February 12, 2013

Rule on 'essential benefits' sent to White House for final review

The Hill, February 12, 2013

Lower premiums at stake in NC Blue Cross lawsuit

Winston-Salem Journal / McClatchy-Tribune, February 11, 2013

Feds' 'e-health' initiative reaches out to patients

Politico, February 11, 2013

Comparison shopping coming to Highmark

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2013

Medicaid expansion divides GOP governors

Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2013

Obama renominates Tavenner to lead CMS

The Hill, February 8, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>

 

Embracing Nontraditional Models

 

Conserve Energy to Preserve Margin



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