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CBO Scoring Shortchanges Preventive Healthcare Spending

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The advantages of preventive healthcare spending for chronic diseases do not always fit neatly into the projection models used by the Congressional Budget Office. Two members of Congress are jointly proposing legislation to change that. >>>


Editor's Picks

Consumer Reports Names Top-Ranked Health Plans

In an annual list compiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, nonprofits once again claimed every spot on the top 10 list of private plans. Among the major for-profit health insurers, only Anthem cracked the top 30. >>>

Antibiotic Use, Costs Show Wide Regional Variations

A report finds large differences in antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient settings by state and by region, with the highest rates found in the South. The variation may be explained, in part, by the efforts of health plans to reduce the use of antibiotics without indication. >>>

MLR Bill Passes House Committee

The bill, which would exclude broker and agent fees and commissions from administrative expense calculations and give states the final say on medical loss ratio waiver requests, may go before the full House next year. >>>

NCQA Offers ACO Accreditation Review

Provider groups that claim to be accountable care organizations now have a way to prove it through an accreditation program offered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. >>>

Atul Gawande's 80% Healthcare Solution

An article by Atul Gawande, MD, suggests that healthcare should ape a popular restaurant chain's methods of attaining efficiency and quality of service. But the model is missing a crucial element—human flexibility. >>>

Drug Shortages: 10 Ethics Rules for Hospitals

Clinicians at Duke University Medical Center have created an ethically defensible drug rationing plan which aims to help healthcare providers make fair and equitable choices about how to allocate medications when they are scarce. >>>

Intelligence Report

Physician Alignment—Integration over Independence

Nearly 70% of healthcare leaders anticipate the number of employed physicians to grow by more than 5% over next three years. Learn how healthcare leaders are ensuring alignment as the shift from independent to employed physicians accelerates. This original research and analysis, produced with support from MedSynergies, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Gadsden Riverview Regional Medical Center, and Vanguard Health Chicago.

News Headlines

Hospitals: Feds share billing blame

Politico, September 26, 2012

Health insurance costs speeding up

The Washington Post, September 26, 2012

AZ Medicaid program needs to improve fraud, abuse investigations

East Valley Tribune, September 26, 2012

Branding healthcare exchanges to make the sale

NPR, September 26, 2012

Physicians' Stance on Nurse Practitioners is Dangerous

HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012

Romney: Uninsured can seek care in ER

The Hill, September 25, 2012

Premiums rose sharply in Medicare drug plans

The Hill, September 25, 2012

Health insurers begin to provide user-friendly plan guides

Reuters, September 25, 2012

Liking it or not, states prepare for health law

The New York Times, September 24, 2012

Obama Medicare plan: No voucher but maybe a bill

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, September 24, 2012

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