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Harvard Pilgrim Tops NCQA Rankings for 4th Year

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Just in time for consumers to assess their coverage opportunities in the soon-to-be-unveiled health insurance exchanges, the National Committee for Quality Assurance has released its annual ranking of health insurance plans. >>>


Editor's Picks

Insurers Enter HIXs Despite Gaping Uncertainty

Most health insurers say they will take part in health insurance exchanges despite concerns about how the programs will function, technical barriers, and the health status of participants. Meanwhile, a federal study finds that premiums will cost less than originally expected and selection will be broad. >>>

House Subcommittee Considers Obamacare's Impact on Competition

Witnesses representing payers and providers agree that healthcare industry consolidation predates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by at least two decades, but blame each other for rising healthcare costs. >>>

Farzad Mostashari Looks Back as He Steps Down

The departing National Coordinator for Health IT reflects on the effect of the sequester, says meaningful use Stage 2 is a done deal, and lauds the free market for EHRs. >>>

HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses

The healthcare law is a convenient scapegoat for hospitals looking to downsize staff and reallocate labor costs to other initiatives. Meanwhile, feds mandate home health workers' minimum wage and OT pay. >>>

Heart Attack Patient Costs Skyrocket Beyond 30 Days

Three-quarters of the total cost increase for patients with a heart attack was incurred for services between the 31st and the 365th day, according to a new study of Medicare cost trends in 1998-2008. >>>

UDI Rule for Medical Devices Finally Issued

Hospital groups complain about the delay in rule-setting, the long implementation timetable for the unique device identifier rule, and a new database. >>>

Delivering Safety Over Convenience

Driven by safety evidence and new reporting requirements, obstetric units are curbing elective early deliveries. But some patients are insistent. >>>

Insurers Market Exchanges for Young Invincibles

With HIX set to debut in less than a week, some insurers are marketing the benefits of enrollment to younger, healthier people. One PA insurer is using social media and a roving truck to pitch its "Live Fearless" campaign. >>>

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News Headlines

Obamacare keeps patients at home slowing hospital use

Bloomberg, September 25, 2013

Healthcare push brings Bill Clinton, Obama together, with political benefits for both

The Washington Post, September 25, 2013

Health law enrollment in US to see slow start next week

Bloomberg, September 25, 2013

Doctors brace for health law's surge of ailing patients

Bloomberg, September 24, 2013

Medicare penalizes hospitals in effort to reduce the number of patients readmitted

The New York Times, September 24, 2013

Fight over Obamacare is anything but over in FL

The Miami Herald, September 24, 2013

Swapping COBRA for Obamacare likely to be windfall for big business

Kaiser Health News / The Chicago Tribune, September 24, 2013

First glimpses of a new healthcare world

Fortune, September 23, 2013

In about 10 days, the face of healthcare in America will change

Bristol Herald Courier /, September 23, 2013

Obamacare 'navigators' run into GOP opposition

USA Today, September 20, 2013

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A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

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