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Nonprofit Health Plans Edge For-Profits in Customer Satisfaction

Jacqueline Fellows

While consumers continue to give low satisfaction ratings to health plans in general, they assign higher marks to nonprofit health plans, a J.D. Power and Associates study shows. It ranks health plans by region in seven categories. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

When States Reject Medicaid Expansion, Providers, Businesses Will Pay

States that reject Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will subject the hospitals and employers within their borders to a considerable financial hit, separate analyses show. >>>

Proposed Changes to Part B Inpatient Billing Open for Comment

The proposed changes revise the current policy on Part B billing following the denial of a Part A inpatient hospital claim that a Medicare review contractor has deemed to be not reasonable or necessary. >>>

CDI Prevention Protocols Maddeningly Inconsistent

Not only does Clostridium difficile infection kill 14,000 patients a year in the U.S. while racking up costs of roughly $1 billion, but providers are all over the map in their attempts to stop it. >>>

Does Primary Care Need To Be Retooled?

The president of Partners Healthcare and a Harvard University economist contend that primary care in the U.S. needs to be restructured to improve physician business practices and provide more value for patients. >>>

The Cardio Service Line, Rebooted

The tactics for caring for cardiology patients are changing. Care partners, often practicing in the community and not in the hospital, are playing pivotal roles in expanding the patient referral base in new ways. >>>

The Trouble with Nurse Practitioners

At a time when healthcare institutions need and should be hiring more APRNs, turf battles, nurse practitioner shortages, and state laws are stubbornly standing in the way. >>>



News Headlines

Group medical appointments may help ease physician shortage

The Washington Post, March 20, 2013

U.S. drug costs dropped in 2012, but rises loom

The New York Times, March 19, 2013

What hospitals charge the uninsured

The New York Times, March 19, 2013

29 states get 'F' for price transparency laws

Kaiser Health News, March 18, 2013

New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry

Reuters, March 18, 2013

Opinion: One form, faster prescriptions, better health care

Detroit Free Press, March 18, 2013

LifePoint's Bill Carpenter wants to keep patients out of hospitals

Nashville Business Journal, March 18, 2013

Opinion: Hospitals' doctor-buying binge likely to end badly

Forbes, March 15, 2013

Hospital admissions continue to decline

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2013

Experts debate all-payer setups vs. Medicare for all

Politico, March 15, 2013



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