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Medication Adherence Campaign Features Superhero

Marianne Aiello

A health plan's community engagement campaign to educate patients to take their medications as directed ties into a strong popular theme to influence patients' prescription adherence rates. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

As Allegations Swirl, Baylor Plano Rejects Baldrige Award

Hospital officials say they have declined a prestigious national quality award because of a lawsuit alleging that a neurosurgeon they employed was incompetent and caused patient injuries and at least one death. >>>

States with HIX Woes to Get Enrollment Relief

A move by CMS to tweak the public health insurance exchange rules grants a measure of relief to states where individuals have struggled to enroll because of faulty state exchange websites. >>>

Tavenner: No ICD-10 Delay, But Expect Some MU Relief

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed, but she is offering relief to providers, payers, and health information technology vendors struggling to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers

CMS has issued a clarification on its rule governing how Medicare classifies and pays for short hospital stays, but healthcare providers are still crying foul over the new standard. >>>

Steep Drop Seen in Medically Unnecessary C-Sections

A greater willingness by hospitals to not schedule early elective deliveries without documented medical necessity is a major reason for the drop cited in The Leapfrog Group's latest survey findings. >>>

AHIP Eyes 5.9 Percent MA Payment Cut, Market Disruptions

A study commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans is predicting a second consecutive year of deep payment cuts for Medicare Advantage programs which "could result in a high degree of disruption in the MA market." >>>

Hospitals Adapting Amid Continued Drug Shortages

While new drug shortages impacting patient care have lessened, the supply chain remains vulnerable to drug shortage 'spikes', says an executive from the group purchasing organization, Premier. >>>



2014 Industry Survey

Industry Survey 2014: Forging Healthcare's New Financial Foundation

This award-winning survey shows how organizations are managing the shift from volume to value, including new and proven tactics to support collaborative care. Don't miss the bonus CEO report. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Obama budget sets Medicare savings, hospitals seek reprieve

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, March 5, 2014

US fine-tunes messaging for home stretch of Obamacare sign-ups

Bloomberg, March 4, 2014

The hidden number key to Obamacare's success

CNN Money, March 4, 2014

New health fix offers subsidies for insurance policies bought outside exchanges

The New York Times, March 3, 2014

Administration faces opposition to changes in Medicare prescription drug program

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, March 3, 2014

One-liners may hint at feelings about healthcare

USA Today, March 3, 2014

Co-Ops report early enrollment successes and expansion plans

Kaiser Health News, February 28, 2014

Report: Obama considered scrapping Healthcare.gov during crisis

MarketWatch, February 28, 2014

Highmark won't pay hospital rates for care in physician offices

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 27, 2014

So many changes to the healthcare law, but are they legal?

The Miami Herald / McClatchy, February 27, 2014



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