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Revealed: What's Really Driving Up Healthcare Costs

Margaret Dick Tocknell

A study of three billion health insurance claims from Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare makes it plain. For one particular group, the price of healthcare services themselves increased faster than either utilization or the intensity of those services. >>>


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30-Day Readmission, Mortality Rates Updated

A major update to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website refreshes data for 30-day readmission and mortality rates. >>>

HHS Offers States $275M for Care Delivery, Payment Models

States may apply for Health and Human Services funding from two separate pots depending upon their progress in planning systems to deliver coordinated care for the millions of people who are expected to receive health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

HHS Issues Final Rule on Benchmarking EHBs

The rule for identifying potential benchmark plans to support the definition of essential health benefits has been quietly released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The rule also establishes the two-phase approach to be used in the quality health plan accreditation process. >>>

House Bill to Press for One-Year SGR Delay

If passed, the delay in implementation of the sustainable growth rate formula would allow Congress to get past the uncertainties presented by the upcoming elections, and the expiration of existing tax policy, as well as potential debt limit debates. >>>

Develop HIX Now, MD Official Urges States

States that sit idly waiting for the results of the November election before they commit to health insurance exchanges will face a "herculean effort" to establish their exchanges, says Maryland's lieutenant governor. >>>

Sequestration Might Be Least Bad Outcome for Healthcare

Congress's attempt to impose fiscal discipline on itself through sequestration might be crude, but should it happen next January, healthcare reimbursement might suffer much less than other parts of the federal budget. >>>

PPACA Whips Up Uncertainty for Hospitals

Supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cannot deny that implementation of the sweeping reforms will be a daunting task that may, ultimately, fail. But many critics have provided no realistic alternatives to bending an unsustainable healthcare cost curve. >>>

News Headlines

CBO: Healthcare law now cheaper, won't cover as many people

Politico, July 25, 2012

Nearly 10% of employers to drop health benefits, survey finds

Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2012

In Medicaid fraud investigations, a controversial tool

The Texas Tribune, July 24, 2012

Health insurance company spearheading OR reform efforts

The Register-Guard, July 24, 2012

Hospitals' readmission rates still too high, CMS says

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, July 23, 2012

Privatized prison healthcare scrutinized

The Washington Post, July 23, 2012

UnitedHealth sees pressures even as profits rise

Reuters, July 20, 2012

Highmark shells out $32M to amass property in PA

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 20, 2012

Memorial, BlueCross still at odds; But hospital says patients won't pay more

The Chattanoogan, July 20, 2012

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Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>


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