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Health Plan's Secret Sauce is Social Media

Jacqueline Fellows

Magellan Health Services has found a surprising way to not only engage patients, but to change the behaviors that contribute to their health problems. In the pilot program, Magellan reduced readmission rates and exceeded its engagement goals. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA: Obama Budget Proposes 'Troubling Reductions'

Healthcare industry groups are expressing concern over proposed cuts to Medicare and limits to charitable deductions, but favor the White House budget's proposed delay in cuts to disproportionate share hospital payments. >>>

Gawande: Hospitals Profit When Surgeries Go Wrong

Medical complications in surgical patients generate profits for hospitals, a study led by Atul Gawande, MD, shows. But the American Hospital Association disputes the report's implications that hospitals aren't incentivized to avoid complications. >>>

Doctor's Double-Billing Illustrates Broken System

A pediatrician's billing policies—and an insurance company's inability to negotiate better terms—perfectly highlight the difficult work in store for those of us who would like to see more value in healthcare. >>>

Radiologists Push Back on Reimbursement Cuts

A 25% multiple procedure payment reduction to Medicare reimbursements for interpretations of advanced diagnostic imaging scans performed on the same patient in the same session is drawing the ire of radiologists. >>>

Engaged Patients Cost Less

Patients' level of engagement is directly linked to their health-related outcomes. It's more than just good medicine—engaged patients with the same chronic illness had lower healthcare costs than their less-engaged counterparts, a study shows. >>>

Evidence Base for Vena Cava Filter Use 'Thin'

Inferior vena cava filters "as they're currently used don't really work as well as physicians think they do," and commonly fail to be removed, causing patient harm, researchers say. >>>

CMS Mulls Use of Specialty Registries for Quality Data

Data contained in voluntary reporting registries, a growing trend in specialty care especially for surgery and other invasive procedures, may one day be folded into Medicare performance measures that assess quality of care. But there are some hurdles to clear first. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Develop an Innovative and Integrated Palliative Care Program

Date: Date: April 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join experts from Sutter Health and Saint Agnes Medical Center and learn new tools and strategies for developing a multidisciplinary palliative care program. Register Today
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News Headlines

Hospitals serving the uninsured face challenge under Obamacare

The Washington Post, April 17, 2013

Dems take on pharma in push for Medicare cuts

The Hill, April 17, 2013

Medicare could save millions by limiting advance payments to insurers

Kaiser Health News, April 17, 2013

Showdown brewing over FL healthcare plans

The Miami Herald, April 17, 2013

St. Joseph strikes deal with Medicare to recoup some of lost billings

The Baltimore Sun, April 16, 2013

Healthcare providers want faster changes in payments

USA Today, April 15, 2013

Opinion: U.S. healthcare system has almost worst of all worlds

CNN World, April 15, 2013

Obamacare supporters want another bill to tackle costs.

The Washington Post, April 12, 2013

Employer health coverage in U.S. on 10-year decline

Bloomberg, April 12, 2013

Obesity causing healthcare costs to rise

News & Observer, April 11, 2013



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