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Fewer Uninsured Means Better Care for Everyone
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

The uninsured have become a catch-all for almost everything wrong in healthcare today. Now researchers have found that it's true. Underinsurance pulls down healthcare for the insured – and for society. [Read More]
  September 28, 2011

Editor's Picks
Health Insurance Premiums Top $15K for Family of 4
The average annual premium for family health insurance coverage increased by 9% in 2011, significantly faster than workers' wages and general inflation, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows. [Read More]
HHS Gives States $109M to Bolster Premium Hike Oversight
The Department of Health and Human Services releases funds and a report that details how previous rate review grants are fighting premium hikes and helping make the health insurance marketplace more transparent for consumers. [Read More]
IPAB Wields Chainsaw for Want of a Scalpel
The mandate of the Independent Payment Advisory Board is to trim healthcare spending. But unless it is granted more authority, it will be forced to use the blunt tool of rate cuts, where a more nuanced approach might be the better solution. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect
79% of leaders say physicians? support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]

Health Plan Forum
Norton, Humana Commercial ACO Notches Cost Savings
In a pilot, the partners have begun to track improvement along several initiatives, including a joint replacement accountability study that has seen a 7.3% reduction in direct variable cost, a 6.7% reduction in length of stay, and a 13% reduction in 30-day readmissions. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
Debt panel eyes dual Medicare/Medicaid patients
Reuters, September 28, 2011

Dartmouth Atlas: Readmission Rates Show 'Not Much Progress'
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

Bipartisan group talks Medicare smartcards
Government Health IT, September 27, 2011

HIPAA Summit West: 1 in 4 Organizations Report Data Breaches
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2011

Fewer insured patients put CT hospitals in a bind
Hartford Business Journal, September 26, 2011

Joint Commission 'Best' List Draws Skepticism from C-Suite
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media Staff, September 22, 2011

Young adults gain health insurance under new law
The Washington Post, September 22, 2011


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