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Health Plan Forecast: Fewer Headlines, More Wonkery in 2014

Margaret Dick Tocknell

After a year of headline-grabbing changes—most notably the troubled launch of the federal health insurance exchange—look for a focus on the mechanics of change in 2014. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

SLIDESHOW: HL20 — 20 People Who Are Making a Difference in Healthcare - 2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. >>>

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a  total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>

ICD-10: Minimizing the Financial Hit

With the go-live date rapidly approaching, hospitals and health systems need to make ICD-10 a priority if they want to avoid costly surprises and setbacks. >>>

Hospital Compare Adds Infection, Stroke, Readmissions Data

The latest update to the federal website that reports hospital quality data adds rates of stroke, C. diff and MRSA infections, blood clot prevention and care measures and expanded readmissions data. >>>

HIT in 2014: Portal Perils and Half-Built Houses

We do not know the extent of the trouble about to rain down on healthcare information technology, but it is out there, and will start pelting providers within weeks, not months. >>>

AMCs React to Being Shut Out of Some Exchange Plans

Some academic medical centers are being excluded from state health insurance exchanges because their costs are higher than other hospitals'. The resulting squeeze on revenues "raises very real worries about hospitals' ability to carry out their mission," says the New Jersey Hospital Association. >>>

Uncertainty Colors Physicians' Watch List

The top issues on the Physicians Foundation Watch List for 2014 are related to healthcare reform. Some matters, such as health insurance exchanges, are no longer a theoretical concern, but an emergent and very real one. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Harnessing Data to Drive Revenue Cycle and Productivity

This report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Former Microsoft executive to lead effort to fix Obamacare website

Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2013

Insurers wary of new Obamacare fix for January health plans

Reuters, December 18, 2013

Study: Obamacare death spiral looks unlikely

Reuters, December 18, 2013

Latest federal rules, requests put new pressure on insurers, says Moody's

Kaiser Health News, December 17, 2013

Doctor shortage hasn't hurt Medicare yet

Market Watch, December 17, 2013

Health insurance exchanges struggle to charm customers

InformationWeek, December 17, 2013

Thousands of Healthcare.gov enrollment records haven't reached insurers, but inaccuracies declining

CNN, December 16, 2013

Seven changes the ACA will likely encourage in the medical system

The Des Moines Register, December 16, 2013

No major security breaches on Healthcare.gov, Democrats say

NBC News, December 16, 2013

Aetna will not reinstate individual insurance plans

Reuters, December 13, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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