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Payers Await Details on Employer Mandate Delay

Margaret Dick Tocknell

A surprise announcement from the White House puts a key provision of the healthcare reform law on hold, and leaves health plans tending to business while they wait for details. >>>


Editor's Picks

Pioneer ACOs Seen Defecting to MSSP Program

At least four of the 32 Pioneer ACOs are in the process of notifying their providers that they intend to shift to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and up to five more could follow. "They've learned that they probably won't be successful, so they want to move into a no-risk environment," says one observer. >>>

Insurer's Reimbursement Model Rewards Lower Costs

A major payer restructures its provider reimbursement model with an emphasis on the triple aim for individual patients—better quality, better affordability, and a better overall healthcare experience. >>>

HMA's Shareholder Battle Intensifies

Glenview Capital Management, the largest of Health Management Associates' shareholders, is calling for a major leadership change at HMA. It sees "a deficiency at both the board and management level" and wants a new board of directors. >>>

Seeking Patient Engagement, Payer Curates Mobile Apps

Aetna is rounding out its mobile strategy by selecting more than 20 Web-based healthcare applications for its own CarePass wellness app, which pulls data from various sources and presents visualizations of progress toward goals. >>>

Health Plans Receptive, But Not Ready for Change

In an interview, Clay Phillips, director of provider relations and communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee,  acknowledges that the nation's healthcare system "is simply unsustainable in its current course," and discusses some of the challenges payers are facing.  >>>

10-Point ONC Safety Plan Seeks to Improve EHR Use

New federal guidelines aim for electronic health record systems to be used in a way that improves care and patient safety, and to ensure that system designs don't make certain types of errors more likely to happen. >>>

News Headlines

GOP wants delay in health law’s individual mandate

NewsObserver / Associated Press, July 10, 2013

Sebelius defends law and zeal in push to insure millions

The New York Times, July 10, 2013

Nobel prize winner sets sights on fixing U.S. healthcare

Forbes, July 10, 2013

Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online; creates bidding war

KFOR, July 10, 2013

Why some Philly patients prefer the ER

NewsWorks, July 10, 2013

Bill Frist aims to build next healthcare giant

Nashville Business Journal, July 9, 2013

The shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare

Washington Monthly, July 9, 2013

U.S. relaxes health law income, insurance status rule for exchanges

Reuters, July 8, 2013

Insurers fear young people will opt out / Associated Press, July 8, 2013

Businesses at mercy of states, not Obama, in healthcare

CNBC, July 8, 2013

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