Monthly Archives: December 2013

Florida Blue, Mayo Clinic Extend Bundled Payment Program for Knee Replacement

Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic are extending their knee replacement bundled payment agreement, introduced in 2012, for Florida Blue’s members, according to Florida Blue. They are also extending their overall network agreement to include thousands of Florida Blue’s commercially insured … finish reading Florida Blue, Mayo Clinic Extend Bundled Payment Program for Knee Replacement

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Benefit-Based Incentives Remain Top Draws for Health and Wellness Participation

While benefit-based incentives, like health insurance premium reductions, generate significant employee interest, gift cards and even cash continue to motivate employees to take better care of themselves, according to market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN). Healthcare companies have … finish reading Benefit-Based Incentives Remain Top Draws for Health and Wellness Participation

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Home Visits by Nurses Benefit Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children

Home visits by nurses to low-income pregnant women and parents of young children helped improve health and development outcomes for the children, according to results of a clinical trial published by JAMA Pediatrics. The study of 735 low-income, mostly unmarried … finish reading Home Visits by Nurses Benefit Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children

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Majority of States Unable to Counter Infectious Disease Rates

A majority of states are failing to prevent, control and treat infectious disease outbreaks due to outdated systems and limited resources, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The report … finish reading Majority of States Unable to Counter Infectious Disease Rates

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Medical Costs Drive New Health Plan Increases Above 10 Percent

Rising medical costs were the primary driver of recent rate increases by health insurers, accounting for three-quarters or more of the larger premium hikes requested between July 2012 and June 2013, a new Commonwealth Fund study finds. The analysis takes … finish reading Medical Costs Drive New Health Plan Increases Above 10 Percent

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Despite Financial Hurdles, Telemedicine Services Well Worth Cost

Despite the significant financial costs of telehealth and telemedicine services, where technologies such as videoconferencing for remote diagnostics are deployed, adopters report impressive gains in medication adherence and care of remote and rural patients, as well as a decrease in … finish reading Despite Financial Hurdles, Telemedicine Services Well Worth Cost

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4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) in October and November, and enrollment in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Almost 2 million … finish reading 4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

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3 Reasons Hospitals are Reluctant to Implement ACOs

Financial concerns, quality issues and the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) are among the reasons nearly half of the hospital executives recently surveyed by Purdue Healthcare Advisors have no plans to implement an accountable care organization (ACO) in the … finish reading 3 Reasons Hospitals are Reluctant to Implement ACOs

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CMS Proposes Adjusting Meaningful Use Timeline

CMS has proposed delaying the start of Stage 3 of the meaningful use program for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, while the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has proposed adjustments to its certification … finish reading CMS Proposes Adjusting Meaningful Use Timeline

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Setting Price Caps on Surgeries Doesn’t Always Generate Healthcare Savings: Study

Despite successfully setting price caps on hip and knee replacements in California, reference pricing’s potential to generate healthcare savings hasn’t materialized, according to a qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) for the nonpartisan, nonprofit National … finish reading Setting Price Caps on Surgeries Doesn’t Always Generate Healthcare Savings: Study

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