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Providers Grade Health Plans. Guess Who Still Stinks.

Jacqueline Fellows

An annual survey of hospital leaders' opinions of large health plans shows WellPoint and UnitedHealthcare fighting for last place among their peers—Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana, and the independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. >>>


Editor's Picks

IPPS Proposed Rule Adds Readmission Measures, HAC Timeline

CMS's proposed rule for Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for acute care hospitals includes clarification on which patient stays qualify as legitimate hospitals admissions and exempts certain planned admissions from the readmissions penalty. >>>

Incentives, Motivations Clash Under ACOs

A body cannot serve two masters—except—some contend, in healthcare. The old saying is being put to the test as healthcare organizations join multiple ACOs without standard practice protocols. >>>

Bond Ratings Pressure Smaller Hospitals as NFP Sector Falters

While five of six not-for-profit hospitals that saw their bond rating downgraded in the first quarter of 2013 had less than $500 million in revenues, the outlook is grim across the board. "It's negative for the whole industry," says an executive at Moody's Investor Service. >>>

FDA Probes Docs Over da Vinci Robot Problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is counting on physicians to offer insights into complaints about the da Vinci robot, which is under scrutiny in lawsuits and medical board reviews as never before. >>>

Healthcare M&A Activity Dips

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity was down in both deal volume and deal value in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the last quarter of 2012, says a new report. >>>

IPAB Has to Go, Providers and Advocates Urge

A coalition of healthcare provider groups, drug and device manufacturers, health insurers, and patient advocates have signed a letter to Congress urging repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. >>>

Q&A: Kaiser Permanente's CIO on Predictive Analytics and Other Challenges

Philip Fasano, CIO of Kaiser Permanente, discusses how predictive analytics can prevent sepsis and improve other medical conditions, and explains how he is working to execute on his belief that "every citizen of this country should have the right to have their medical record present when being treated by a physician." >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Reshaping the Cardio Service Line for Population Health and Reform Challenges

76% of healthcare leaders report positive margin from cardio. This report explores how best to evolve cardio service lines to support prevention, expand offerings, and maintain healthy margins. Purchase Today >>>

News Headlines

Opinion: Medicare should pay for patients, not treatments

Bloomberg, May 1, 2013

Healthcare experts propose $1 trillion in savings

The Hill, April 30, 2013

Hospital stocks rally as Medicare tempers budget cut blow

Bloomberg, April 30, 2013

Healthcare spending growth at record low

CNNMoney, April 30, 2013

Obama administration simplifies healthcare form / Associated Press, April 30, 2013

80 million Americans didn't use healthcare services due to cost

WEAR, April 29, 2013

GOP bill hits alleged ObamaCare exemption talks

The Hill, April 29, 2013

Obamacare exemption talk lights up Capitol Hill

Politico, April 26, 2013

Hatch questions Obamacare transition period for MA

The Hill, April 26, 2013

Senator places hold on Obama's Medicare pick

The Washington Post, April 25, 2013

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