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14 Medicare Advantage Plans Earn 5 Stars

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Among the significant perks of being a five-star plan is the ability of payers to enroll members throughout the year rather than only during the seven-week Medicare open enrollment period. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Adverse Events Draw $775K in Fines at 9 CA Hospitals

The most recent round of administrative penalties for hospital deficiencies constituting immediate jeopardy includes two patient falls resulting in deaths, a wrong-site surgery, and a retained surgical object. >>>

The Trouble With Pay-for-Performance

The author of a study on pay for performance in healthcare, says there is little evidence to support that incentives for following certain processes that have been proven to add value… actually improve quality or value. >>>

Healthcare Reform Creates More Slots in the C-Suite

Nobody had ever heard of a hospital having a chief experience officer until just a few years ago. Now qualified clinician-executives are at a premium. So are chief strategy officers, familiar in other industries, but new to healthcare and hospital administration. >>>

Latest Wave of MU Audits Delivers a Fresh Scare

A slew of Meaningful Use audit notices have suddenly materialized, aimed not only at Medicare, but at Medicaid recipients as well. The deadlines are tight and the documentation requirements exacting, making a most unwelcome October surprise for healthcare CIOs. >>>

Pronovost Lauds Patient Reporting of Adverse Events

The FDA apparently isn't satisfied that doctors and hospitals are reporting all they know about drug errors and harm from medical devices. A top physician and safety advocate says enabling patients to report events is a welcome "paradigm shift." >>>

NCQA: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics by Providers 'Declining'

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has been tracking the use of antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis since 2006 and has found that compliance with not prescribing antibiotics has been "strikingly and perpetually low." >>>

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

Population health management presents many challenges, particularly with data and data analytics and pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency. This Intelligence Report from HealthLeaders Media shows that mastery of data analytics and shared risks across the care continuum can drive a winning population health management program. >>>



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News Headlines

Health site chief expects low initial enrollment number

The New York Times, October 30, 2013

Tavenner apologizes for health site delays, cites progress

USA Today, October 30, 2013

Insurers oppose Obamacare extension as danger to profits

Bloomberg, October 30, 2013

Aetna's 3Q profit rises 4 pct

News & Observer / Associated Press, October 30, 2013

Medicare premiums to remain flat in 2014

USA Today, October 29, 2013

White House OKs limited waiver on health penalty

Boston.com / Associated Press, October 29, 2013

White House knew millions could not keep their health insurance

NBC News, October 29, 2013

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2013

America's 'other' healthcare revolution

Christian Science Monitor, October 28, 2013

Frustrated by Healthcare.gov, some consumers buy off exchange

Reuters, October 28, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Telemedicine—A Strategic Tool to Grow Revenue and Drive Efficiency

Date: November 19, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Learn how specialists and specialty services are reaching outside hospital and clinic walls to engage patients via the Internet, and how telemedicine innovators are overcoming challenges such as billing, scheduling and contractual agreements. Telemedicine pioneers share strategies proven to bridge access gaps, improve patient experience, and streamline care through new mobile technologies. Register Today >>>


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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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