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Health Plans Talk Strategy in 3Q Earnings Calls

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Senior health plan executives sound upbeat about health insurance exchanges, Medicare Advantage plans, and collaborative risk-sharing agreements with providers. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medicare Pays $23M in Dead Claims

A federal investigation finds that although CMS has safeguards to prevent and recover Medicare payments made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries, claims have slipped through and been paid. >>>

Joint Commission Announces 'Top Performers'

One in three hospitals eligible for The Joint Commission's 'top performer' status has provided an evidence-based care practice 95% of the time for patients with certain conditions. >>>

5 Scary Things About Healthcare Quality

Despite stringent hospital protocols and watchful government agencies, preventable medical errors continue to severely harm or cause death to some 400,000 patients a year in this country. >>>

ECRI Announces Top 10 Healthcare Technology Hazards

ECRI Institute collects data on adverse events and near misses and releases an annual report on the top technology dangers in healthcare. >>>

HCA Posts Strong, Tenet 'Solid' 3Q Earnings

Its ability to improve inpatient admissions has helped for-profit Hospital Corporation of America post healthy earnings. Tenet, despite an 8.4% increase in net operating revenues, experienced a "volume decline on the inpatient side and flat-ish volume for outpatient," says one analyst. >>>

3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations

Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>

Malpractice Insurance Strategies Evolve as Docs Get Hired

Many hospitals and health systems are paying for prior acts malpractice insurance as a way of attracting physicians, but how are they absorbing that expense once they've committed to it? >>>



News Headlines

Tavenner faces questions from Senate panel that helped write health law

The Washington Post / Associated Press, November 6, 2013

Two US hospital chains dismiss Obamacare technical woes

Reuters, November 6, 2013

Notes reveal chaotic White House talks on healthcare site

The New York Times, November 6, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross is sued over policy cancellations

Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013

HHS: Expect more outages at healthcare.gov

The Hill, November 5, 2013

21% of Obamacare visitors have enrolled

InformationWeek, November 5, 2013

ACA could be further hamstrung by shortage of doctors

CBS New York, November 5, 2013

Under healthcare act, millions eligible for free policies

The New York Times, November 4, 2013

Canceled health insurance plans add to angst of change

The Seattle Times, November 4, 2013

2014 health insurance costs rising more

The Columbus Dispatch, November 4, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

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