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Payers Drive Value-Based Healthcare Reform

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

As change continues to reverberate throughout the healthcare industry, health insurers are well-positioned to influence greater cost efficiencies. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Begin Subsidizing Exchange Premiums via Third Parties

A collaboration between a Wisconsin United Way chapter and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics uses a hospital financial gift to help defray the cost of health insurance for some potential enrollees. It could be a model for others. >>>

In Demand: A Different Kind of CEO

Hospital CEO has been the dream job for healthcare administrators for decades. But the top job increasingly isn't the top anymore, as organizations merge, holding companies morph into operating companies, and metrics for success change. Can you adapt? >>>

HIT Development is Tough Work. So What?

Why is it that so few healthcare providers take information technology software and services vendors to court when projects run late, yield incomplete results, or fall below the assurances of a contract? >>>

Healthcare Cost Growth 'Slows' to 5.4%

Although the 5.4% growth is the lowest cost increase since the Milliman Medical Index began keeping track in 2002, it also represents the ninth straight year in which annual costs have increased by at least $1,100. >>>

Payer Backlash May Slow Unnecessary Spinal Fusion Surgeries

A surge in spinal fusion procedures has brought mounting scrutiny on providers. Now payers appear poised to crack down on needless procedures by applying coverage pressure on physicians. >>>

Value-Based Investments Pay Off for NFP Hospitals

Investments in outpatient facilities and health information technology systems are helping not-for-profit hospitals overcome revenue setbacks, says a Moody's report. >>>

Final 2015 HIX Rule Includes Measures to Stabilize Premium Rates

CMS officials say they are making changes to the HIX risk corridors program to account for "unexpected administrative costs and pricing uncertainties." >>>

Slideshow: The ED Fix: Triage, Coordination and Navigation

Emergency departments play a unique and critical role in maintaining the health and well-being of a community. Emerging best practices in care team composition and patient flow can improve ED throughput and patient satisfaction. >>>



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News Headlines

Insurers push to rein in spending on cancer care

The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2014

Hospitals face Obamacare uninsured funding gap

The Hill, May 28, 2014

Center sues in an effort to make Medicare Advantage files public

Yahoo! News, May 28, 2014

Wild health insurance rate hikes may settle down, filings show

NBC News / Associated Press, May 27, 2014

Insurance sign-ups rise, but poll shows little love for health law

Boston.com / Associated Press, May 27, 2014

When hospital systems buy health insurers

The New York Times, May 27, 2014

Why is the new Obama health chief sailing to her confirmation?

The Hill, May 27, 2014

ACA, spending cuts slow healthcare hiring

The Sacramento Bee / McClatchy, May 23, 2014

Some CO doctors may be overcharging Medicare for routine visits

Kaiser Health News, May 23, 2014

Medicare may be overpaying hospitals for patients who don't stay long

NPR / Kaiser Health News, May 22, 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

 

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