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Private HIX Show the Way to Transformed Benefits

Margaret Dick Tocknell

A test of consumer behavior shows many employees willing to give up healthcare benefits for lower premiums, and ready to spend defined-contribution money on other benefits. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

HIX Pains Now, But Hope for Long-Term Relief in NH

New Hampshire has only one health insurer participating in its federal exchange marketplace, but state lawmakers and regulators are optimistic that other payers will join the market in 2015. >>>

AHA Eyes 'Extremely Challenging' 2014

Facing significant reductions in payments, mounting regulatory actions, and a "broken" RAC appeals process, hospitals are facing a variety of pressures in the new year, the American Hospital Association says. >>>

Hospital CFOs Don't Share Wall Street's Optimism About PPACA

Financial analysts at some of Wall Street's top firms are bullish on the healthcare industry's prospects as a result of changes brought by healthcare reform. The CFO's I've been talking to over the past year don't see things the same way. >>>

Frozen Out of HIX, NH Hospitals Feel Burned

New Hampshire hospital leaders are crying foul over being squeezed out of the single health insurance exchange plan available in the state. Anthem says offering a 'select network of providers' will offset premium increases. >>>

CEO on Safety Net's Turnaround: 'Never Waste a Crisis'

When healthcare outsider Carlos Migoya took over as CEO of one of the most dysfunctional public hospital systems in the nation, Miami's Jackson Health had lost hundreds of millions of dollars and was on the cusp of being sold to a for-profit chain. Three years later, things are very different. >>>

Little Threat to Specialists' Revenue in Choosing Wisely Recommendations

Treatment guidance from medical specialty groups varies widely in terms of its potential financial impact on providers, acknowledges the head of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which backs the Choosing Wisely initiative to promote evidence-based care. >>>

CT Physicians, UnitedHealth Head to Mediation

UnitedHealthcare is headed to federal court-ordered arbitration with two doctors groups in Connecticut over the insurer's decision to drop some physicians from its Medicare Advantage network. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Physician-Led Population Health Programs—New Skills for Success

Date: February 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join clinical improvement experts as they define new expectations for population health management and outline the leadership skills necessary for physicians to direct a successful program. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

State of the Union 2014: Obama embraces Obamacare

Politico, January 29, 2014

Ex-Microsoft exec brings lists and whiteboard to overhaul of Obamacare website

Kaiser Health News / Wired, January 29, 2014

KY hospital settles fraud case for $16.5 million

WKYT / Associated Press, January 29, 2014

PA Hospital association CEO reacts to Obamacare, high hospital costs

PennLive.com, January 29, 2014

Feds barking up wrong tree on EHR fraud?

InformationWeek, January 28, 2014

FL county with highest uninsured rate sees little impact from Obamacare

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, January 28, 2014

Doctors abusing Medicare face fines and expulsion

The New York Times, January 27, 2014

Out of healthcare furor, satisfaction in New England

The Boston Globe, January 27, 2014

Fewer Americans lack health insurance, poll finds

NBC News / Associated Press, January 24, 2014

Some predictions on how Medicare will release physician payment data

ProPublica, January 24, 2014



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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 difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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