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How Should You Discuss Medical Bills with Patients?

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

A stakeholder-led initiative presents best practices intended to provide guidance to provider organizations for discussing insurance coverage and financial responsibility for co-pays and deductibles with patients. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medicare Pays $23M in Dead Claims

A federal investigation finds that although CMS has safeguards to prevent and recover Medicare payments made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries, claims have slipped through and been paid. >>>

Latest Wave of MU Audits Delivers a Fresh Scare

A slew of Meaningful Use audit notices have suddenly materialized, aimed not only at Medicare, but at Medicaid recipients as well. The deadlines are tight and the documentation requirements exacting, making a most unwelcome October surprise for healthcare CIOs. >>>

Intermountain Generating Population Health Data, Revenue

The second healthcare toolset Deloitte and Intermountain have launched this year applies treatment and outcomes across an entire population of patients, and is able to focus on specific therapeutic areas. Licensing the data is a revenue stream. >>>

3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations

Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>

Reduced Readmissions—In a Bottle?

Healthcare organizations can lower readmissions and improve patient care significantly through a simple move that doesn't involve fancy data systems or expensive care coordinators, according to new research. If your organization doesn't use an oral nutritional supplement protocol, why not? >>>

5 Ways Health Systems Can Reduce ED Usage

A study finds reductions in emergency department usage can be achieved through patient education, interventions in patient financial incentives, and the adoption of population health strategies such as patient-centered medical homes. >>>

Should You Keep Sales Reps Out of the OR?

The non-profit ECRI Institute suggests that "hospitals should be diligent about the presence of anyone who isn't a staff member in the OR because of potential risk management concerns." >>>

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News Headlines

Under healthcare act, millions eligible for free policies

The New York Times, November 4, 2013

Canceled health insurance plans add to angst of change

The Seattle Times, November 4, 2013

2014 health insurance costs rising more

The Columbus Dispatch, November 4, 2013

Lawmakers want to stop fee-for-service Medicare payments

Bloomberg, November 1, 2013

Cigna CEO: Canceled US health plans are disruptive part of reform

Reuters, November 1, 2013

Community Health Systems profit falls, outlook lowered

Reuters, October 31, 2013

Insurers, White House argue against delaying healthcare deadline

Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2013

The President wants you to get rich on Obamacare

The New York Times, October 31, 2013

Insurers oppose Obamacare extension as danger to profits

Bloomberg, October 30, 2013

Aetna's 3Q profit rises 4 pct

News & Observer / Associated Press, October 30, 2013

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