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5 Takeaways From AHIP's 2013 Annual Conference

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Payers are working hard to position themselves for success with health insurance exchanges. Competition for customers is fierce. Everyone wants a piece of the healthcare delivery business. And big data may help them secure it. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Patients Shoulder Nearly 25% of Medical Bills

Data from the American Medical Association details the costs of medical billing complexity on patients and physicians, who are put "in the awkward situation of having to ask patients for money," says an AMA board member. >>>

Healthcare Leaders Seek Strategic Sweet Spot

Hospitals and health systems are getting squeezed at both ends of the revenue spectrum. To survive they must effectively integrate a number of healthcare services and add value. But how? >>>

Healthcare Consolidation: M&A Not the Only Way

Regulatory barriers that once thwarted any pressure felt by hospitals and health systems to consolidate and uncover economies of scale or scope have eased. But consolidation doesn't always come via an acquisition. >>>

Aggressive End-of-Life Care Easing in Hospitals

Dying patients are more likely to receive less intense medical care than in the recent past. The cost of that healthcare, however, provided by hospitals, physicians, and hospice, continues to rise, says a Dartmouth Atlas report. >>>

Healthcare Costs 'An Abomination' Says Senate Finance Committee Chair

A Senate committee session in which expert witnesses discussed healthcare costs, hospital prices, and data transparency ended with a plea from the chair, Sen. Max Baucus, for "specific recommendations" from "anyone." >>>

ACOs Widespread, Yet Challenged

Two of the pioneering forces behind accountable care organizations say the model is gaining significance as it proliferates across the country, even though there are concerns over lack of uniformity in performance measures. >>>

Hacking Healthcare is Fred Trotter's Passion

Fred Trotter is closing the gap between the needs of patients and providers to see and share data, and the reality of unlocking it from where vendors have stored it. Driven by a passion for transparent access to data, he's just getting started. >>>

PwC: Pace of Rising Medical Costs Slowing

Lower-cost healthcare options such as retail clinics and a decline in hospital readmissions are holding the projected increase in medical costs to 6.5%, a full percentage point lower than the 2013 projected rate, says PwC's Medical Cost Trend report. >>>



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News Headlines

Aetna will exit CA's individual health insurance market

Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2013

Nonprofit launches campaign to reach uninsured

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, June 19, 2013

Gawande launches think tank to solve end of life issues

WBUR.org, June 19, 2013

Don Berwick announces run for MA governor

Politico, June 18, 2013

AZ Gov Jan Brewer signs Medicaid expansion

Reuters, June 18, 2013

Healthcare law's network for resolving confusion shows mixed results

The Washington Post, June 18, 2013

IRS scandals threaten funding for healthcare law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Associated Press, June 17, 2013

Choice of health plans to vary sharply from state to state

The New York Times, June 17, 2013

Healthcare law's employer requirements

Boston.com / Associated Press, June 14, 2013

Obamacare shows hospital savings as patients make gains

Bloomberg, June 13, 2013



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