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5 Reasons to Create a Virtual Multi-Specialty Physician Network

“How can we deliver care in a very different way and not compromise quality?” was the question that drove Blue Shield of California and Adventist Health to implement a virtual multi-specialty physician network, dubbed a payor-provider telehealth collaborative, says Lisa … finish reading 5 Reasons to Create a Virtual Multi-Specialty Physician Network

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United States Ranks Last on Measures of Access, Quality and Care Coordination

Despite spending nearly double that of other countries on healthcare per person, the United States ranks last on measures of access, equity, quality, efficiency and healthy lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The United States spent $8,508 per … finish reading United States Ranks Last on Measures of Access, Quality and Care Coordination

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3 Proposals Allowing People to Keep Health Insurance Won’t Threaten Marketplaces

Three plans allowing people to keep their individual health insurance policies even if they don’t meet the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) are unlikely to threaten new health insurance marketplaces, according to a new RAND Corporation study. … finish reading 3 Proposals Allowing People to Keep Health Insurance Won’t Threaten Marketplaces

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States’ Restrictions on ACA Implementation Hinder Access to Coverage

Community health centers across the country are waging intensive efforts to find and enroll eligible and uninsured patients and community residents, but are hampered by states resistant to healthcare reform, according to the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative … finish reading States’ Restrictions on ACA Implementation Hinder Access to Coverage

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Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

Despite increasing scrutiny on hospital pricing practices, some U.S. hospitals are charging more than 10 times their cost, or nearly $1200 for every $100 of their total costs, according to new data released by National Nurses United (NNU) and the … finish reading Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

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Leading Healthcare Executives Optimistic About Healthcare Reform

Nearly two-thirds of the nation’s leading healthcare executives believe the healthcare system will be somewhat or significantly better by 2020 than it is today as a result of national healthcare reform, according to a study published in the Health Affairs … finish reading Leading Healthcare Executives Optimistic About Healthcare Reform

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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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1 in 4 Uninsured Americans Plan to Remain That Way; Politics Influence Decisions

One in four uninsured Americans plan on paying the government fine imposed for not having insurance, a percentage that has remained the same in the last month, according to the latest results of a daily tracking Gallup poll that began … finish reading 1 in 4 Uninsured Americans Plan to Remain That Way; Politics Influence Decisions

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New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

Designed to make the healthcare system more transparent and accountable, CMS’s new Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) promises secure, timely access to data at a lower cost, according to CMS. Part of the administration’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, … finish reading New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

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United States Has Higher Medical Costs, Worse Outcomes Than Other Developed Countries

The prices of drugs, medical devices and hospital costs have driven up the costs of healthcare in this country over the last decade — prices that doctors, patients and insurers rarely know until the money has been spent, according to … finish reading United States Has Higher Medical Costs, Worse Outcomes Than Other Developed Countries

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