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CareFirst Boasts $136M in Savings on PCMH

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The Maryland health plan, 3,600 primary care providers-strong, says it has saved $136 million in projected healthcare costs over two years through its large-scale network of patient-centered medical homes. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

SCOTUS: Class Arbitration Upheld in Physician-Insurer Case

Class arbitration has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a dispute over payments to physicians by a health plan. >>>

ACO Shared Savings is Top Payer Partnership

The most prevalent arrangement for Medicare ACO contracting is 'shared savings upside,' or what is known within the industry as a one-sided risk model, survey data shows. >>>

Hospitals Lagging on PSO Contracts

Health insurance exchange plan offerings may not be an option for hospitals that fail to contract with qualifying patient safety organizations by the federal deadline. But hospitals are still waiting for CMS to clarify the complex regulation. >>>

CA Fines 10 Hospitals $625,000 for Medical Errors

Retained surgical objects, patient falls, and medication errors are the top violations leading to immediate jeopardy penalties issued to hospitals by the California Department of Health Thursday. >>>

Texas Braces for Medicaid Status Quo

By opting not to expand Medicaid, Texas is passing up an estimated $90 billion in federal funds over the coming decade, leaving its healthcare providers, especially hospitals, in a tough financial spot. Rural care facilities are especially vulnerable. >>>

SGR Ripe for Repeal

The cost of repealing the sustainable growth rate formula is $106 billion less than a year ago. Lawmakers have been holding hearings and stakeholder recommendations are pouring in. Is this the year a doc fix bill will be passed? >>>

Immigration Bill Lowers Hurdles for Foreign-Born Docs

Under pending federal legislation, recruiting foreign-born but U.S.- trained physicians could become easier for hospitals and physician practices in underserved areas. >>>



Intelligence Report

NEW Intelligence Report: ED Solutions—Preparing for Increased Volume and Decreased Margins

Emergency Department overcrowding has increased by 22% since 2013. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders on coping with patient volume while protecting the bottom line. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

House panel to probe alleged seizure of medical records by IRS

The Hill, June 12, 2013

Healthcare's overlooked cost factor

The New York Times, June 12, 2013

Enrollment in private Medicare plans hits record high

The Hill, June 11, 2013

Brand name drugs drive up Medicare spending

Kaiser Health News, June 11, 2013

Obama pitches healthcare exchanges in CA visit

USA Today, June 10, 2013

Opinion: The culprit behind high US healthcare prices

The New York Times, June 10, 2013

Healthcare law's perks, costs draw near

Columbus Dispatch, June 10, 2013

Consumers saved $2.1B on individual coverage under health law

Kaiser Health News, June 7, 2013

New healthcare model cut even more costs in year two

Reuters, June 7, 2013

Selling of Obamacare underway

Politico, June 6, 2013



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Webcast: Reining in Disruptive Docs—Strategies to Manage Risk and Reduce Turnover

Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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