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New Delivery Models Could Ease Predicted Physician Shortage

Expanding the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants could help eliminate the anticipated shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs) over the next decade, according to a new RAND Corporation study. By using new models of healthcare that depend more … finish reading New Delivery Models Could Ease Predicted Physician Shortage

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CMS Announces Major Savings for Medicare Beneficiaries

Medicare beneficiaries are seeing significant out-of-pocket savings due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). CMS officials say that the standard monthly Part B premiums will remain at $104.90 in 2014, … finish reading CMS Announces Major Savings for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Doctors Likely to Accept New Medicaid Patients as Coverage Expands

Doctors are likely to accept new Medicaid patients as coverage expands, but they may not accept patients who remain uninsured, according to a study from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Researchers analyzed data from a long-term, nationwide study of changes in … finish reading Doctors Likely to Accept New Medicaid Patients as Coverage Expands

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Study: Patient Activation Linked to Lower Readmissions

Patient activation — or having the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to manage one’s health — leads to better health following hospital discharge, and lower readmission rates, according to researchers from the Boston Medical Center. Researchers used the Patient Activation … finish reading Study: Patient Activation Linked to Lower Readmissions

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Small Business Owners Value Choice of Plans for Employees

More than half of small business owners who currently provide their employees with health benefits are willing to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, as long as the employee pays extra for a more expensive … finish reading Small Business Owners Value Choice of Plans for Employees

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Cigna Survey: Women Confident Now, Yet Worried about Future Health Concerns

Women are confident in their ability to choose the right health plan, but they’re fearful about their future needs, according to a new national survey from Cigna. Affording healthcare coverage within their household budget, caring for elderly parents and not … finish reading Cigna Survey: Women Confident Now, Yet Worried about Future Health Concerns

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Consolidated Health Networks Lead to Greater Creation of ACOs

Regions of the United States where doctors and hospitals are consolidated into large networks are more likely to have accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a new RAND Corporation study. Other factors associated with the formation of ACOs include a … finish reading Consolidated Health Networks Lead to Greater Creation of ACOs

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Significant Choice and Lower than Expected Premiums Available in New Health Insurance Marketplace

Increased competition in the health insurance marketplace will lead to multiple and affordable choices for consumers, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Individuals in the 36 states where HHS will fully or partly run the online … finish reading Significant Choice and Lower than Expected Premiums Available in New Health Insurance Marketplace

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Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries in California Have Highest Increase in ED Visits: Study

While uninsured patients are often thought of as high emergency department (ED) utilizers, insured patients, particularly those with Medicaid coverage, have come to rely more frequently on EDs, according to a study from the University of California, San Francisco. In … finish reading Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries in California Have Highest Increase in ED Visits: Study

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ACO Leadership by Physician-Hospital Organizations Doubles

Physician-hospital organizations (PHOs) have taken the accountable care organization (ACO) reins from physicians over the last year, according to 2013 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. PHO leadership of ACOs almost doubled in the last 12 months, according to … finish reading ACO Leadership by Physician-Hospital Organizations Doubles

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