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Is Your Bundled Care Plan Market-Ready?

Jacqueline Fellows

Three out of four consumers surveyed say they find bundled care plans "appealing." The promise of transparency is tantalizing, but consumers are clear-eyed and armed with a list of essential benefits. >>>


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CMS Unveils 4 Bundled Payment Models

Payment models introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are intended to drive efficiency in the care of Medicare patients by bundling episodes of care and may vary with each hospital's negotiated contract. >>>

Hang On for Risk-Bearing Contracts, Rewards

The shift away from fee-for-service reimbursement models toward risk-bearing contracts is described by one healthcare finance leader as "the most unpredictable opportunity I've ever seen." >>>

Individual Mandate More Like Suggested Donation

The IRS has already said it will not enforce penalties for not obtaining health insurance, but according to an exception-filled set of rules proposed by the White House, there wouldn't be much to enforce even if the agency were willing. >>>

Physicians' Persistent 'Overuse' of Care Continues

Researchers examining ambulatory care data find continued overuse of non-beneficial, potentially harmful care. >>>

M&A Roundup: Prime, Tenet, BIDMC Announce Deals

Prime Healthcare Services has announced two separate acquisitions of financially troubled hospitals in New Jersey and Kansas. Tenet signed a joint venture with John Muir Health in California. >>>

'Sunshine Act' Gets Guarded Reaction

Professional associations and lobbying groups have so far avoided bashing the final rule, which details how financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and healthcare providers must be disclosed to the federal government. >>>

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News Headlines

Obama's health-insurance expansion eroding, CBO projects

Bloomberg, February 6, 2013

Cerner, McKesson cooperating for HIE, interoperability's sake?

TechTarget, February 6, 2013

Insurers press docs to file more claims electronically

The Hill, February 6, 2013

Judge raises more questions about WakeMed Medicare settlement

The News & Observer, February 6, 2013

US proposes scrapping some obsolete Medicare regulations

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, February 5, 2013

Healthcare spending in America, in 2 graphs

NPR, February 5, 2013

Health insurers highlight excessive out-of-network charges

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013

Tick, tock: Administration misses some health law deadlines

Kaiser Health News, February 1, 2013

Aetna profit slips as insurer settles reimbursement lawsuit

Bloomberg, February 1, 2013

How to cut $9.4T from Medicare, in 150 easy steps

The Washington Post, January 31, 2013

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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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