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As New York Nears Vote on Single-Payer, Divisions Show
The plan to implement a government-run single-payer healthcare system in the Empire State has drawn praise from supporters and the ire of detractors. Several states...
Azar Pressed on Trump's Drug Pricing Plan
'Where are the big, bold ideas?' asks ranking Senate Democrat. This article first appeared June 13, 2018 on Medpage Today. By Jennifer Reising WASHINGTON -- Secretary...
As Medicaid Costs Soar, States Try A New Approach
Nationwide, a dozen states are experimenting with Medicaid ACOs and 10 more are making plans for them. This article first appeared June 15, 2018 on Kaiser...
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Insurers On the Hook for Risk Corridor Losses
In a 2-to-1 ruling, a federal appeals court said Congress 'through clear intent' suspended the government's obligation to pay health insurers for losses accrued during...
Rapid City Regional Health Losing $1 Million a Week
The South Dakota safety net system is pursuing numerous financial strategies to counteract dwindling IHS reimbursements and a difficult payer mix. Due to dismal...
Sentry Data Gets 'Major Concessions' from CVS in 340B Lawsuit
Sentry Data Systems earned an early victory in its lawsuit against CVS over its mandate that all 340B hospitals switch to Wellpartner by the end...
Reducing Readmissions Across all Payers
Hospitals have spent the last decade tackling readmission rates. Motivated by the call to improve care quality and desire to avoid financial penalties, they developed...
Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients
“Oh my God, we dropped her!” Sandra Snipes said she heard the nursing home aides yell as she fell to the floor. She landed on...
Arizona ACO Model Ready to Go National
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Shared Savings Program sent more than $148,000 to 148 physicians in the fourth quarter of 2016, in payments...
How Advocate Health's expertise could reverberate into Aurora's Wisconsin business
Three things stood out after my interviews with the co-CEO and the chief medical officer of Advocate Aurora Health Care in suburban Chicago that might...
How the AT&T-Time Warner merger may boost shares of CVS and Express Scripts
Court approval of the AT&T-Time Warner deal now makes it more likely that similar kinds of pending mergers will go through — and there’s a...
Steward Health Care voices opposition to Beth Israel-Lahey merger
Steward Health Care System is joining the opposition against the big merger of two of its rivals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health. A...
Cardinal Health sells majority stake in bundled payment startup it acquired three years ago
Cardinal Health has sold a 55 percent stake in its NaviHealth unit that helps hospitals save money on Medicare cases to a private equity firm....
What AT&T's merger win means for health care
The court decision allowing AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, with no conditions, is good news for pending health care mergers.
The cost of your health insurance may hold steady next year. Thank the tight labor market
According to researchers at PwC, many employers are looking to insulate workers from rising health costs as the labor force tightens. PwC's Health Research Institute projects...