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No Silver Bullet for Medication Adherence

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Cost and forgetfulness play a large role in non-adherence, but even when medications are supplied at no cost, adherence hovers around 50%. But forging personal connections with pharmacy staff can help, one insurer says. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline

Employers have an additional year—until Jan. 1, 2015—before reporting requirements mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect. The unexpected policy decision comes in response to employer concerns about the complexity of data reporting requirements. >>>

Healthcare Quality Metrics 'Abysmal,' Senate Panel Hears

Quality experts, including the CEO of the National Quality Forum and a former CMS administrator, caution members of the Senate Finance Committee that healthcare quality measures must be better coordinated to be effective. >>>

Providers May Be Hit by Health Insurance Exchanges

Healthcare CFOs from very different organizations express concern that HIX, both state- and federally operated, will have negative financial repercussions. >>>

Consensus Stirs for Medicare Reform

A U.S. House subcommittee's review of proposals to improve the Medicare program focuses on three recommendations, but simultaneously restructuring the benefit design, maintaining the average value of benefits, and producing Medicare savings will not be simple. >>>

Individual Mandate Exemptions Finalized

The final rule on exemptions from the individual shared responsibility payment penalty mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act identifies nine categories. Less than 2% of Americans are expected to qualify for exemption, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. >>>

CMS Inspection of Parkland 'Ongoing'; Civil Suit Pending

Surveyors from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are expected to finish their inspection of Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital later this summer. A civil suit stemming from the death of a patient has been approved to proceed by a federal judge. >>>

55 Hospitals to Settle False Medicare Claim Charges for $34M

Twenty-three facilities in seven states that are affiliated with the for-profit HCA Inc., six affiliated with Lifepoint, and four with Trinity Health were charged with submitting false claims to Medicare for a procedure to treat spinal fractures. >>>



LIVE Webcast

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

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

According to a 2011 study, 77% of physicians are concerned about disruptive behavior at their facilities. Join physician management experts from DePaul University and Florida Hospital to learn peer-tested strategies for confronting and resolving disruptive physician behavior. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

9 Pioneer ACOs expected to leave Medicare program

InformationWeek, July 3, 2013

Massive Medicaid gap could gut healthcare law

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, July 3, 2013

A truly astonishing graph of the growth of healthcare jobs in America

The Atlantic, July 3, 2013

NFL says no to promoting Obamacare

The Washington Post, July 3, 2013

US hospital industry prepares for upheaval

The Economist, July 2, 2013

Why our healthcare lets prices run wild

Time, July 2, 2013

Thousands in MS may not be offered insurance subsidies

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, July 1, 2013

Healthcare battle heats up again

CNN, July 1, 2013

Healthcare law aims to reduce need to rehospitalize Medicare patients

PBS, July 1, 2013

Hospital officials complain to senate panel about Medicare efforts on observation care

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, June 27, 2013



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Webcast: Physician Compensation Models and Metrics Under Population-Based Reimbursement

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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