Blue Shield of California says it expects rates for its policyholders to increase 13% on average in 2014, an increase executives say will be "legitimately below what people expected them to be." >>>
Observers believe such a change would result in potentially far-reaching consequences for companies that fall under the purview of the SEC, including private, for-profit hospitals, their directors, officers, and employees. >>>
Seven of the nine participants in CMS's pilot program for accountable care organizations are applying to transition to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, while two are abandoning the program completely. >>>
Commercial accountable care organizations make strange bedfellows out of payers and providers. Accustomed to hardball contracting negotiations, payers and providers find the transition from adversary to partner an uneasy one. These tips can help. >>>
Despite the prospect of millions of newly insured patients, many hospital and health system finance executives are not expecting healthcare reform to be a boon to their organization's bottom line. >>>
The health insurer's goal is to shift its physician network from fee-for-service payments to a value-based compensation model that rewards physicians for the quality of that care and may reduce healthcare costs. >>>
Dennis Vonderfecht took over an East Tennessee hospital in 1990 and built it into the Mountain States Health Alliance. As he prepares to retire, Vonderfecht details some of his strategic moves and expresses optimism for the organization's future. >>>
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