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Healthcare Cost Growth 'Slows' to 5.4%

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 22, 2014

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.

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Final 2015 HIX Rule Includes Measures to Stabilize Premium Rates

By: Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, May 22, 2014

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

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Insurers Prep 2015 HIX Premium Rates

By: Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, May 22, 2014

Insurers operating on the public insurance exchanges for individuals will be filing proposed 2015 premium rates over the next month. Early data out of Washington State indicates that anxiety over double-digit rate increases may be unfounded.

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Tenet Doubles Down on Urgent Care Facilities

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2014

As consumers take on more of the responsibility of paying for healthcare, the popularity of walk-in retail health clinics is surging. Tenet says it's set to double the number of its retail health clinics this year.

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Hospital-Run Retail Clinics Forging Alliances with Supermarkets

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2014

As CVS and Walgreens continue to add to their hospital rosters, supermarket chains are beginning to test the retail clinic waters, offering healthcare organizations the opportunity to reach potential patients in a different setting.

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Maryland Insurance Cooperative Taking Root

By: Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2014

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.

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Webcast: Marketing-Physician Alignment—Balancing Priorities for Volume & Value

By: March 26, 2014

Date: May 22, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

As the industry shifts from volume to value, healthcare marketing's function expands from patient acquisition to strategic support and population health management. Join marketing leaders as they outline proven strategies for fostering growth and engagement to achieve both volume and value targets.

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Intelligence Report: The ED Fix—Triage, Coordination, and Navigation

By: May 22, 2014

This report reveals new, proven ways healthcare leaders are cutting wait times and improving care: fine-tuning processes for speedy triage and evaluation, bringing patients closer to caregivers, optimizing discharges and transfers, and effectively guiding non-emergent patients.

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