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Texas HMOs Set Enrollment Record

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans are the primary drivers of a resurgence in health maintenance organizations in the Lone Star state, where Medicare Advantage HMOs enjoyed double-digit enrollment growth in 2012. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Moody's: HIX Uncertainties Will Hurt NP Hospitals' Credit

Not-for-profit hospitals could see a migration of commercially insured patients to exchanges, where reimbursement rates may be lower, says a report from Moody's Investors Service. Commercial rates have traditionally subsidized Medicare losses and driven profitability for most hospitals. >>>

Financial Impact of HIX Hinges on 4 Factors

It's impossible for healthcare finance executives to know for sure what impact the health insurance exchanges will have on their organizations' bottom lines. Even so, Ascension Health affiliates across the country are forecasting, planning, and educating. >>>

HIX, A Disaster Foretold, Needs Time

It would be easy to focus on the price of the federal government's health insurance marketplace and expect it to work better than some Web startup launched by a couple of heavily-caffeinated kids. But it wouldn't be fair. >>>

How CMS Penalizes Hospitals for Finding Blood Clots

When it comes to blood clots in surgical patients, "vigilant hospitals get penalized because [when] they look more, they find more. Their rankings look atrocious," says the author of a report blasting a patient safety measure that he says is driving unintended consequences. >>>

Consolidation Comes with Benefits (and Costs)

The volume of healthcare mergers and acquisitions lately has been stunning. But to some hospital and health system executives, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>

HIX Lags in Texas, as Providers Wait on Feds

Without federal support, hospitals and health systems in Texas are hampered in their efforts to help the uninsured enroll in health insurance exchanges. >>>

Intelligence Report: Toward Population Health

Healthcare providers appear willing to embrace the new model of population health, but the first order of business for many is to sort out the financial issues. >>>



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News Headlines

Healthcare.gov on track to miss its enrollment deadlines

The Atlantic Wire, October 16, 2013

Opinion: The huge healthcare subsidy everyone is ignoring

The Washington Post, October 16, 2013

Obamacare's reviled Medicare cuts have turned out better than expected

Time, October 15, 2013

States encounter Obamacare impostors

The Hill, October 15, 2013

Physician assistants fill in at the fringes of healthcare

NBC News, October 15, 2013

From the start, signs of trouble at health portal

The New York Times, October 14, 2013

Healthcare rates spark a mix of shock and delight

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 14, 2013

Obamacare officials defend online exchanges

ABC News, October 11, 2013

Is Obamacare really to blame for cuts at the Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals?

The Plain Dealer, October 11, 2013

The real face of healthcare reform

Time, October 10, 2013



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Webcast: Predictive Analytics—Reducing Readmissions and Hospitalizations

Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Clinical decision support experts from Penn Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reveal how they powered predictive analytics to reduce readmissions, improve care, and reduce financial risk. Register Today >>>


Intelligence Report: Population Health Management—Steps to Risk Sharing and Data Analytics

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>

 

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