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MA Data Supports Retailers Fighting Enrollment Mandate

Jacqueline Fellows

Small businesses pay higher premiums for buying coverage on health insurance exchanges because employers subsidized too many unhealthy individuals, research on employer-sponsored health plans in Massachusetts shows. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Esther Dyson's Population Health Dream

The former Wall Street technology analyst turned key Silicon Valley investor believes city-wide ecosystems of health incentives and disincentives for unhealthy habits could have a significant positive effect on the nation's health. >>>

CMS Proposes Reduced Hospital DSH Cuts

Some acute care hospitals would see a $1.1 billion reduction in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funds for two years under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal. >>>

Senate Finance Committee Hears More 'Doc Fix' Testimony

The sustainable growth rate formula's days may be numbered, but the SGR won't be repealed until an alternative system for making Medicare payments to physicians is found. >>>

Kill Your Chargemaster

Regardless of how your organization looks on the massive list of hospital pricing data released to the public by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, you've got some strategic thinking to do. >>>

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores 'Depressing'

In the Leapfrog Group's third release of hospital safety grades, overall scores rose minutely, but more hospitals got worse than got better. "So far, these numbers aren't really moving," says CEO Leah Binder. >>>

Spirituality Presents a Paradox in End-of-Life Care

The amount of spiritual support received by terminally ill patients has a direct impact on the aggressiveness of their end-of-life care. But not in the way you're probably thinking. >>>

Access to EHR Notes Lauded by Patients, Providers

In a pilot, a system which permits patients to view all the notes in their electronic health records was such a hit with hospital patients and physicians that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Geisinger Health System are dramatically expanding their OpenNotes programs. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Reshaping the Cardio Service Line for Population Health and Reform Challenges

Three out of four healthcare leaders report positive margin from cardio. This Premium report explores how best to evolve cardio service lines to support prevention, expand offerings, and maintain healthy margins. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

$223M Medicare fraud bust nabs 89 in 8 cities

The Washington Post / Associated Press, May 15, 2013

House to vote yet again on repealing healthcare law

The New York Times, May 15, 2013

2 million fewer US uninsured to gain health coverage

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, May 15, 2013

Medicare drug program fails to monitor prescribers

ProPublica, May 14, 2013

Opinion: Want to improve healthcare? Spend less on it

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 14, 2013

Cautious optimism healthcare spending growth has slowed

United Press International, May 13, 2013

Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

The Washington Post, May 13, 2013

Obama administration moves to get more enrolled in health insurance

Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2013

Largest US hospice company sued for Medicare fraud

ABC News / Associated Press, May 10, 2013

Republicans refuse to name members to healthcare panel

Reuters, May 10, 2013



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