It's not clear whether hospitals can legally advance patients premium money for coverage obtained from health insurance exchange markets. But the potential for conflict is apparent. >>>
As healthcare moves away from fee-for-service to reimbursement models that reward quality and value, payers and providers are entering into new contract arrangements designed to align their financial incentives. >>>
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. >>>
After two decades of mostly declines, the percentage of Americans with health insurance inched up between 2011 and 2012, according to a new study. But with the advent of health insurance exchanges, the future level of insured people is impossible to know. >>>
Physician compensation will increasingly include incentives, but the transition may be more of an evolution than a revolution. Meanwhile, primary care doctors may continue to get a "bump up" in salaries. >>>
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. >>>
When it comes to job satisfaction, a new survey shows nurse leaders have a lot to like, but about one-third also perceive inequity in treatment compared with non-nursing departments. >>>
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