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Healthcare Costs Start With What We Eat

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Using nutrition to improve the prevention, treatment, and palliative care of disease could be the most cost-effective cure for America's rising healthcare costs and health insurers are getting into the act. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CA Fines 8 Hospitals for Medical Errors

In the latest round of medical errors leading to fines in California hospitals, the state has levied financial penalties totaling $775,000 for placing 10 patients in immediate jeopardy of serious injury or death. >>>

As Medicare Advantage Cuts Loom, Disagreement Over Program's Stability

The ability of cost savings achieved through healthcare reform efforts to offset the coming cuts to Medicare Advantage is hotly debated at a House Ways and Means health subcommittee meeting. >>>

Medicare Advantage Carriers See 'No Choice' But to Accept Cuts

With Medicare programs taking a $300 billion hit to help fund value-based healthcare reforms under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare Advantage health plans are feeling the pinch. >>>

Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans

A pair of conflicting rulings regarding tax credits for those who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace is a "credit negative" for health plans and not-for-profit hospitals, Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

Employers Weigh Risks, Benefits of Private Exchanges

One advantage of adopting a private health exchange is that it takes the responsibility of administering health insurance benefits off of HR's plate completely. But there's more to know before making the leap. >>>

Drug Pricing 'Tantamount to Greed,' Lawmaker Says

Four legislative actions could ease the burden of high-cost prescription drugs—such as a $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug—on Medicare, the public, and commercial payers, says U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman. >>>

Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement

As insurers step up efforts to cover more lives with value- and performance-based contracts, physicians are under the gun to adapt to an altered reimbursement reality. >>>



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News Headlines

Appeals court rejects constitutional challenge to Obamacare

Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2014

Almost no one wants the Obamacare employer mandate now: Here's why

Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2014

A health trade-off that's here to stay: Lower cost, limited choice

The New York Times, July 30, 2014

Health insurers' top lobbyist on Obamacare's next challenges

Vox, July 30, 2014

Deal allots $17 billion for overhaul of VA healthcare system

The New York Times, July 29, 2014

Medicare's hospital trust fund appears flush until 2030

Kaiser Health News, July 29, 2014

Assurant Health to pay $30.8M in Obamacare rebates — most in nation

Milwaukee Business Journal, July 29, 2014

Costs of expanded audits aimed at Medicare fraud hit healthcare firms

The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 28, 2014

Obamacare architect provides fodder for court challenges

The Hill, July 28, 2014

Obamacare loophole has insurers worried customers will skip December premium

Vox, July 25, 2014



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New Goals, New Alliances

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