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As MissionPoint ACO Turns One, Membership Up, Costs Down

Jacqueline Fellows

The Tennessee accountable care organization has seen "considerable growth" in its first year and has cut medical costs for its original members by 12%. Now it's partnering with a major insurer and may be a case study for other hospitals and health systems. >>>


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Better Care is the Key to Super-Utilizer Costs

Super-utilizer patients, also known as frequent fliers, create exorbitant costs for hospitals and health systems yet receive care inadequate to their needs. The failure is in project management rather than clinical delivery, says one physician leader. >>>

SGIM Calls for End to Fee-For-Service

Fee-for-service medicine is a financially unsustainable payment model that should be phased out by the end of the decade, a study commissioned by the Society for General Internal Medicine recommends. >>>

Free Marketeer's Healthcare Scheme Would be Chaos

After watching a hospital botch his late father's care, David Goldhill says he's figured out what's wrong with our healthcare system. Now he proposes eliminating all private health plans and Medicare. >>>

Healthcare's Grim Winter Feels Endless

Healthcare organizations are seeking safety in numbers as a long winter of declining revenues continues. Additional Medicare cuts associated with the sequester don't bode well for an early thaw. >>>

Inside an ACO-Like Partnership

Independence Blue Cross and Abington Health have partnered under an accountable care payment model which pays physicians and hospitals "substantial sums" above the standard reimbursement rate when they meet quality and medical cost targets. >>>

EHR a Money-Loser for Most Physicians

Federal meaningful use incentives alone are not adequate to ensure that the vast majority of medical practices don't lose money on electronic health record systems, suggests the author of a study on the cost impact of EHR. >>>

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Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Lax policing of doc, pharmacy conflicts found in Medicare coverage decisions

The New York Times, March 6, 2013

Push for price transparency in healthcare

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 6, 2013

Health regulator issues subpoenas to 4 HealthSouth hospitals

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, March 6, 2013

Highmark's 'Community Blue' patients rejected by UPMC

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 6, 2013

GAO reports billions in overpayments to private Medicare plans

The Hill, March 5, 2013

Panel recommends overhauling US doc payments

The Hill, March 5, 2013

Obama asks health plans to report rising rates

The New York Times, March 4, 2013

Some states will rate health plans on quality this fall

Kaiser Health News, March 1, 2013

MA Blue Cross to reinstate board fees

The Boston Globe, March 1, 2013

Hospital readmissions for US Medicare patients decline

Bloomberg, March 1, 2013

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