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Tennessee Blues Enlists Pastors to Help Reduce Healthcare Disparities

Margaret Dick Tocknell

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee developed a tool kit for churches to use to improve immunization rates among minorities and rural whites in the state. Next up: Behavioral health and chemical dependency problems. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services

The new rules reflect changes in healthcare, says CMS, but hospital and medical groups express disappointment and call for attendant SGR reform. >>>

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

While the uncertainty around healthcare reform and lower reimbursements will prove a challenge in the near future, hospital leaders also see opportunities to succeed within local markets. >>>

Safety Net Executives Renew Call to Preserve DSH Payments

Leaders of 250 safety net hospitals protest that the statutory cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding—more than $18 billion through 2019—are unjustifiable since about half the states have rejected Medicaid coverage expansion. >>>

The 5 Biggest Healthcare Finance Trouble Spots

Healthcare finance executives have had more than their share of challenges to deal with in 2013. Which ones top the list—and will continue to be headaches in 2014? >>>

The Most Polarizing Topics in Healthcare IT

Seven healthcare IT issues that divide IT leaders, users, and patients, including Healthcare.gov, Epic Systems, ICD-10 and SNOWMED CT, and the BYOD trend. >>>

How CPOE Will Make Healthcare Smarter

Computerized physician order entry is a key requirement of meaningful use stage 1. Now that CPOE has reached a tipping point, healthcare IT leaders are at the beginning of a journey that takes the accumulated wisdom of a healthcare provider and codes it into decision-support systems. >>>



News Headlines

Obama to launch new healthcare law campaign

USA Today, December 4, 2013

Updated Healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews

Boston.com / Associated Press, December 4, 2013

Audit: Healthcare subsidies vulnerable to fraud

Boston.com / Associated Press, December 4, 2013

UnitedHealthcare, doctors fight in federal court over physician network cuts

The Hartford Courant, December 4, 2013

Why eliminating 'hospital purgatories' would save billions of dollars

PBS NewsHour, December 4, 2013

Healthcare.gov has rocky relaunch

Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2013

Obamacare website sign-ups said to reach 100,000 last month

Bloomberg, December 3, 2013

Why fixing Healthcare.gov won't fix the fight over Obamacare

The Washington Post, December 3, 2013

White House meets goals for HealthCare.gov, but more work ahead

Reuters, December 2, 2013

Medicare seeks to curb spending on post-hospital care

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, December 2, 2013



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