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Insurers Reveal 2012 Roadmaps

Margaret Dick Tocknell

In their fourth-quarter earnings calls, Aetna, Humana, Wellpoint and other major healthcare plans provide insight into what they intend to accomplish in 2012. >>>


Editor's Picks

House Committee Votes to Repeal IPAB

The Independent Payment and Advisory Board has been the subject of numerous House committee meetings. Objections to it include the power of the unelected board, rationing, and access to healthcare. >>>

Providers Lag Behind Payers, Pharma on Data Exchange

Only one-quarter of providers responding to a survey believe they are effectively integrating and aggregating clinical data, measuring it, and delivering actionable information to the point of care, a PwC US Health Research Institute report says. >>>

Belt Tightening Gets Tougher for Hospitals

Ongoing reductions in federal funding for healthcare in the fiscal 2013 budget and beyond could make it disproportionately more difficult and more expensive for hospitals that rely on Medicare to borrow money, Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

CMS Proposes 10-Year Review for Provider Overpayments

Extending responsibility for Medicare overpayments through a 10-year "lookback period" would cost providers as much as $58 million in additional reporting-related expenses each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says. >>>


The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>

News Headlines

Duke LifePoint JV inks Michigan deal

Nashville Post, March 7, 2012

NC hospital's CMS funding in jeopardy

Statesville Record & Landmark, March 7, 2012

Drugmakers have paid $8B in fraud fines

USA Today, March 7, 2012

Reforming healthcare: OR steps well past federal model

Minnesota Public Radio, March 7, 2012

Medicare unveils new form to enlist seniors in fight against fraud

The Washington Post, March 7, 2012

Cigna gives CEO 25% compensation hike in 2011

The Washington Post / Associated Press, March 6, 2012

Republicans propose personal accounts for health insurance

Star Tribune, March 6, 2012

Medicare Patients Given Fewer Treatment Options

HealthLeaders Media, March 5, 2012

Soaring cost estimate prompts health law doubts

Times Union / Associated Press, March 5, 2012

Opinion: Determining the level of payments in healthcare

The New York Times, March 5, 2012

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