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Maryland Insurance Cooperative Taking Root

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Evergreen Health is the only health insurance cooperative that employs physicians itself rather than link to provider networks. Evergreen embraces telemedicine and offers a wide range of services through primary care medical homes. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Observation, Two-Midnight Rules Hit in Hearing

Hospital leaders testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee derided Medicare's two-midnight and observation rules, saying that not only are the policies not working, they've also added huge costs and quality issues for providers and patients. >>>

Former CMS Chief: 'Oversubsidized' PPACA is 'Asking for Trouble'

Tom Scully, a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is no fan of the healthcare reform law, but has found one thing to like about it: "It draws incentives away from volume-based reimbursement to quality-based because the government has its money at risk." >>>

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Extensions

The proposed rule would give healthcare providers more flexibility in how they use electronic health record systems to meet Meaningful Use requirements and would formally extend the timelines for Stage 2 and Stage 3. >>>

With Saline in Short Supply, Hospitals Look for Alternatives

A widespread shortage of saline solution is forcing hospital pharmacists and healthcare clinicians to stretch existing supplies, find workarounds, and formulate substitutes. >>>

The Difficulty of Technology Disruption in Healthcare

The new book by athenahealth's Jonathan Bush offers few ways out of the current healthcare mess, despite the importance of technological fixes. But liberated data is a bright spot. >>>

Investing in Patient Experience Protects Hospital Revenue

Patient experience is not a nicety, but a quantifiable score that can decrease revenue. Learn from Cleveland Clinic's lessons: focus on culture, quickly; get physicians on board, despite their recalcitrance; and just get started. >>>

HHS Nominee Burwell Aces Senate Finance Hearing

Instead of grilling Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is expected to be confirmed as the next head of the Department of Health and Human Services, many Republican senators on the committee used their allotted time to rail against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Optimizing the ACO—Solutions for Workflow and Risk Management

Date: May 29, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Senior leaders from Virtua and Coker Group highlight ACO success stories and reveal proven strategies to improve performance and quality through a variety of technology solutions. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Fixing Healthcare.gov would be top priority, HHS nominee Burwell says

The Washington Post, May 21, 2014

CMS pressed to approve Medicare fraud rules

The Hill, May 21, 2014

Another state nixes its health exchange

The Hill, May 21, 2014

Millennials, Boomers want different healthcare conveniences

InformationWeek, May 21, 2014

Report: Fear of high Obamacare premiums 'unfounded'

The Hill, May 20, 2014

New Obamacare penalties will be tough to enforce

Vox, May 20, 2014

Bundled payments could cut Medicare fraud, experts say

USA Today, May 20, 2014

Study: Limited competition raised Obamacare prices

Kaiser Health News, May 20, 2014

Obama allies revive push for Obamacare CEO

The Chicago Tribune / Reuters, May 19, 2014

Humana Inc. faces federal probes of Medicare overbilling allegations

NBC News, May 19, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Presidents, CEOs, and the New Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ship, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>

 

Transitions of Care Go Digital

 

Making It All Public



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