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Top 3 Health Plan Game Changers of 2013

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The landscape is changing rapidly for payers. To be successful, insurers must adapt to new reimbursement models and forge new partnerships with providers. >>>


Editor's Picks

States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds

The 20 states rejecting Medicaid expansion are leaving billions of dollars in federal funds on the table, even as the taxpayers of those states pay for the expansion costs for states that accept the deal. >>>

New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care

Though few physicians realize it yet, a new CMS rule will begin to pay them for the hours they and their clinical teams spend managing Medicare patients' chronic conditions beyond face-to-face office visits. >>>

MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion

An announcement from CMS on Meaningful Use implementation deadline changes obscures the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged. >>>

Scary Financial Challenges for 2014

Healthcare finance leaders see scary financial challenges ahead in 2014 around declining reimbursements, health insurance exchanges, and high-deductible health plans. >>>

Without Way to Pay for SGR Repeal, Is Optimism in Vain?

Repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate has clear momentum, but with 2013 winding down and the $139 billion price tag still unresolved, physicians could be facing yet another short-term fix. >>>

HL20: George Halvorson—Expectations for Success

George Halvorson has stepped down as CEO of Kaiser Permanente. But instead of going into retirement mode, he is launching an institute to resolve the roots of intergroup ethnic conflict and improve diversity within the workplace. "What I've been doing in healthcare, and for the past 30 years, has been a warm-up for what I need to do next," he says.  >>>

MGMA Urges 'End-to-End' ICD-10 Testing

Failure to comprehensively test the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system will dramatically increase the potential of catastrophic cash flow disruption for physicians practices, says the Medical Group Management Association. >>>

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News Headlines

Bipartisan fix advancing for Medicare doctors' pay

The Kansas City Star / Associated Press, December 11, 2013

Kaiser Permanente reports privacy breach to 49,000 patients

Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2013

Medicare beneficiaries have good access to doctors, study finds

Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2013

3 ways to improve US healthcare, as demonstrated in India

The Atlantic, December 11, 2013

On health exchanges, premiums may be low, but other costs can be high

The New York Times, December 10, 2013's problems doesn't mean Obamacare will fail

The Washington Post, December 10, 2013

Some CA insurance plans narrow doctor, hospital choices

Kaiser Health News / Capital Public Radio, December 10, 2013

How hospitals pass their Obamacare penalties on to patients

The Atlantic, December 10, 2013

Enrollment errors put medical coverage at risk

The New York Times, December 9, 2013 tries to reboot

The Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2013

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