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Health Plans Face Under-Informed Consumers

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Many commercial payers are grappling with the challenge of developing direct relationships with individual customers who lack knowledge about the new health insurance exchange markets and confidence to make purchasing decisions. >>>


Editor's Picks

AHIP: Enormity of HIX Challenges Sinks In

Rollout and triage have been the dominant concerns for the new public health insurance exchanges in 2014. But a whole new set of challenges looms as payers look ahead to building out and sustaining the centerpiece of the healthcare reform effort. >>>

Another SGR Patch Likely, Lawmaker Says

Lawmakers can't agree on a way to plug the $122 billion hole in the budget that would be created by the elimination of the reimbursement cuts and "chances are not great" for a permanent fix by the March 31 deadline, says the co-chair of the GOP Doctors' Caucus. >>>

5 Hot Healthcare Ideas from SXSW

The SXSW conference demonstrates that technology and innovation are leading the way in healthcare while regulators struggle to keep up. Everyone is trying to answer one question: "Who provides care, and how?" >>>

Rules to Rein in HIX Narrow Networks Could Drive Away Payers

Healthcare providers have raised alarms over narrow provider networks in the public health insurance exchanges, but Moody's Investors Service says proposed rules to open up the networks could drive health plans to drop out of the new market. >>>

4 Reasons PCMH Principles Aren't Going Away

A recent analysis finds lackluster results in both cost reduction and quality improvement from organizations that have achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home certification. Does that mean we need to go back to square one? >>>

Care Coordination a Cost-Cutting Quality Driver

Part II of an in-depth conversation about care coordination with two nurse leaders delves into the reasons why hospitals are looking at care coordination and transitional care so intensively—quality, cost, and outcomes. >>>

Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse

Smaller hospitals appear to be more often guilty of giving patients antibiotics they don't need. Help may be on the way from the CDC. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Analytics—The New Business Currency

Providers must master data analytics to succeed in the new world of healthcare. This HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report explores the gains and gaps in this race to the future. >>>

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Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Join hospital leaders as they outline the strategic transition from provider to payer, and new opportunities for controlling costs, managing risk, and maximizing reimbursements. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

4.2 million enrolled in insurance through February

USA Today, March 12, 2014

March 31 remains the firm deadline for purchasing health insurance

Detroit Free Press, March 12, 2014

FL hospital must pay $85M in settlement over Medicare fraud whistleblower lawsuit

Star Tribune / Associated Press, March 12, 2014

US administration pulls back on Medicare drug benefit proposals

Reuters, March 11, 2014

Law, healthier beneficiaries helping trim Medicare costs

USA Today, March 11, 2014

Get ready to hear more about the individual mandate again

The Washington Post, March 11, 2014

FL trauma centers charge fees the moment patients come through the door

Tampa Bay Times, March 11, 2014

Cheaper surgery sends Lowe's flying to Cleveland Clinic

Bloomberg, March 10, 2014

Survey: Uninsured rate drops; health law cited / Associated Press, March 10, 2014

Slew of changes to healthcare law creates more confusion for consumers

The Washington Post, March 10, 2014

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Webcast: Forge Partnerships Across the Care Continuum—Metrics and Workflows

Date: March 14, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from SCL Health System and Collaborative Healthcare Strategies as they reveal how to successfully align with external entities across the care continuum to reduce readmissions, improve care quality, and streamline workflows. Register Today >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>


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