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WellPoint CEO Angela Braly Makes Her Exit

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Capping weeks of intense media and shareholder scrutiny, the chief of WellPoint is stepping down. A look at Angela Braly's tenure reveals significant acquisitions, but slipping profits and low ratings from hospital executives. >>>


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Healthcare Business Models Clash with Reforms

While healthcare executives responding to a KPMG Healthcare survey say they expect major changes in the way healthcare is delivered and paid for in the next five years, they also indicate that the fee-for-service model is far from dead. >>>

MU Stage 2 Final Rule Elicits Few Cheers

Stakeholders may still be parsing through the 672-page rule, but while it is already garnering support among the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the reaction is more subdued among provider groups. >>>

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Deadline Delay

In issuing the final rule, the Department of Health and Human Services postpones until Oct. 1, 2014 the date by which covered entities must comply with ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. >>>

500 PCPs Named to CMS Payer Partnership

Selected primary care practices will receive financial incentives to support coordinated healthcare services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says. >>>

5 Healthcare Uncertainties Made Clearer

Healthcare business and finance discussions have centered on one thing lately: uncertainty. Now is a good time to catch up on how the industry's most vexing issues have progressed over what has been a busy summer from the halls of the Supreme Court to the physician group next door. >>>

Get Ready for Shift from Patient to Healthcare Consumer

The rise of the high-deductible health insurance plan and other economic forces are increasingly turning patients into healthcare consumers. Common sense says this move will reduce utilization as healthcare consumers rethink elective care or shop around for the best deal. >>>

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Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, and Provena Health.

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News Headlines

WellPoint CEO Braly resigns

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 29, 2012

Feds push MD to think big on health cost control

Kaiser Health News / Politico, August 29, 2012

IA hospitals urge state to expand Medicaid

Des Moines Register, August 29, 2012

Health plans picked for OH Medicare, Medicaid seniors

The Columbus Dispatch, August 29, 2012

Zero out of 512 employers plan to drop health insurance

The Washington Post, August 29, 2012

Patients negotiate for care with cash

San Francisco Chronicle, August 29, 2012

The Republican plan to overhaul healthcare

The Washington Post, August 28, 2012

TX counties consider going it alone on Medicaid expansion

The Washington Post, August 28, 2012

Affordable Care Act driving healthcare mergers

The Washington Post, August 27, 2012

Some hospital networks also become insurers

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2012

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