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How ACOs Are Slowing Healthcare Costs

Jacqueline Fellows

This year's historically low rate of growth in health insurance premium costs—just 4%—is attributable to the spread of the Accountable Care Organization model and proof that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is working, says the Commonwealth Fund. >>>


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Higher Readmission Penalties Linked to Low HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals that score the lowest on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys are most likely to be penalized the maximum 1% of their Medicare DRG payments, analysis finds. >>>

Is Technology Perpetuating Medicare Fraud?

The allegations by 60 Minutes that technology facilitated Medicare fraud at HMA raise sticky issues. Regulators vow to investigate, but a new set of government rules would be cumbersome, costly, and perhaps ineffective. >>>

HHS Details Limits to Medicaid Expansion

In a sweeping memorandum from its Secretary, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing details to states on Medicaid expansion, saying "the law does not provide for a phased-in or partial expansion."  The memo also addresses market reforms, healthcare exchanges, and payments to safety net hospitals. >>>

CMS Bundled Payment Changes Untenable?

Recent changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to its Bundled Payment Care Improvement Initiative could make pursuing its model untenable and even cause some applicants to drop out of the program, says a reviewer of bundled payment applications. Is that really an option? >>>

ED Waits Linked to Higher Costs, LOS

High emergency department crowding was associated with 300 excess inpatient deaths, 6,200 hospital days, and $17 million in costs, a study of nearly one million ED visits finds. >>>

Q&A: Don Berwick Reflects on Healthcare Reform, Part II

A year after leaving his position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, talks with HealthLeaders about death panels, the challenges of implementing healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. >>>

M&A Roundup: Cincinnati Children's Signs Affiliation with TN Hospital

Healthcare executives at HCA, Cirrus, Sinai Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives and Mountain States Health Alliance are among the latest to announce merger and acquisition deals. >>>

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News Headlines

UT Gov asks Obama to approve state's own healthcare exchange

The Washington Post / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

Insurers face jumbled market with health exchange rules

Bloomberg, December 12, 2012

Indiana HIE lets public see quality metrics

InformationWeek, December 12, 2012

Q&A: One Medical CMO on membership-model medicine

The Boston Globe, December 12, 2012

Feds rule on healthcare law's Medicaid expansion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 11, 2012

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, December 11, 2012

Insurers join former adversaries to publicize overhaul of health law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Bloomberg News, December 10, 2012

Doctor gets 20 years in MS cancer center fraud

The Mississippi Press / Associated Press, December 10, 2012

CBO: No sign Congress meant to limit health exchange subsidy

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, December 7, 2012

'Moral objection' bill would allow healthcare providers to refuse service

Detroit Free Press, December 7, 2012

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