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Coordinated Care Needed Now
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Neither higher amounts of primary care services nor routine visits with a primary care clinician is by itself a "guarantee" that a patient will experience better health outcomes.  What works? Coordination of care, the authors of a Dartmouth study say.[Read More]
  September 16, 2010

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Clean Malpractice Records Don't Correlate with Doctors' Quality, Study Finds
When patients need to pick a doctor, there's not much out there for them to compare. But a RAND study from Massachusetts says that the limited amount of publicly available information doesn't correlate with higher quality practitioners, at least according to one set of measurements commonly used. [Read More]
Insurers Try Incentives to Improve Medication Adherence
Taking medicine is difficult for millions of adults. For those who don't regularly take their prescribed medicine, insurers and others in the healthcare industry are trying to figure out what incentives may improve medication adherence.[Read More]
Berwick Calls On Insurers to Work with CMS
In his first major speech since becoming head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services two months ago, Donald Berwick has urged insurers and others to work together to advance healthcare reform goals.[Read More]
NAIC: Health Reform Provisions Unclear to Most Americans
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Business Rx
Healthcare Reform Gains Some Public Support
Although public opinion about the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains split, support for the overhaul has increased steadily since the legislation was passed in March.[Read More]
Physician News
Hospitals Move to Tighten Data Security
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010
Premium Tax Credit Could Slash Private Health Insurance Costs
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 15, 2010
MedAssets to Pay $850 million to acquire Broadlane Group
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010
Feds to Protect St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center Pensions
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

Obesity Pumps Up Healthcare Costs
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010
Biomarkers May Aid in Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 14, 2010
Community Moves to Integrate Doctors
The Indianapolis Business Journal, September 15, 2010
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