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Healthcare Payers Face Wellness Conundrum

Margaret Dick Tocknell

New federal rules on wellness programs are branded as "incentives," but will do little to rally employer support. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Datapalooza: HHS Unveils Medicare Outpatient Costs

Healthcare cost data released by the federal government Monday includes estimates for average hospital charges for 30 types of outpatient procedures. >>>

Wellness Initiatives Are Going Down the Drain

In the news this week: Workplace wellness initiatives aren't paying off, Sebelius finds her zen, and hospital staff still aren't washing their hands. >>>

Heritage Health Prize Awards $500K

For its work so far on building a model that predicts how many days a patient will spend in the hospital, one team has been awarded a half million dollar cash progress prize. Competition for the Heritage Health Prize continues. >>>

Kidney Care Advocates Fight Medicare Cuts

A coalition of kidney care experts and advocates fears that Medicare program cuts for end-stage renal disease will be so severe that the cost of delivering dialysis will exceed reimbursement for the service. >>>

RWJF Launches Hospital Pricing App Challenge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a competition to develop applications and tools that will enhance and improve the way data comparing hospital prices is used. >>>

Physicians Offer a Bundle of Opinions

Bundled payments are one of the financial models emerging from the evolving healthcare marketplace. But a survey of physicians and hospitals shows a significant divergence of opinions about bundling. Practice size is just one factor. >>>

Medicare Fund Future Still Grim

The Medicare program's current forecast is slightly less bleak than last year's, but the fund is headed for insolvency in 2026, say the trustees of the Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund. >>>



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News Headlines

Sebelius asked companies to support healthcare law

The New York Times, June 5, 2013

Blue Shield, Anthem owe CA small firms millions of dollars

Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2013

The future of getting paid to be healthy

The Atlantic, June 5, 2013

Lawmaker blasts GOP's permanent 'doc fix' bill

The Hill, June 5, 2013

Court challenges could tear down major pieces of Obamacare

The Hill, June 4, 2013

Obamacare Medicaid feud to leave 3.6 million uninsured

Reuters, June 4, 2013

The six ways Obamacare changes insurance premiums

The Washington Post, June 4, 2013

US Medicare outlook improves as healthcare costs ease

Reuters, June 3, 2013

Midlevel healthcare providers seen as part of the solution

Knoxville News-Sentinel, June 3, 2013

Will Obamacare force insurers to compete?

The Washington Post, May 31, 2013



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