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National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

Slower growth in prescription drug, nursing home, private health insurance, and Medicare expenditures contributed to low overall healthcare costs for the fourth consecutive year, according to the CMS’s office of the Actuary. The report also found that the Affordable Care … finish reading National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

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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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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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Nurse Navigators Help Cancer Patients Cope Early in Care

Cancer patients who received support from a nurse navigator or advocate soon after being diagnosed had better experiences and fewer problems with their care, particularly in the areas of health information, care coordination and psychological and social care, according to … finish reading Nurse Navigators Help Cancer Patients Cope Early in Care

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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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Public Awareness of Health Insurance Marketplaces Has Tripled Since October 1st Launch

Despite widespread difficulty accessing the online health insurance marketplaces, public awareness has tripled since their October 1st launch, and a majority of those unable to access them will try again, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey. Sixty percent of … finish reading Public Awareness of Health Insurance Marketplaces Has Tripled Since October 1st Launch

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Workplace Health Coverage Falls, Despite Economic Recovery

Despite economic data showing that the recession is over, the percentage of workers with health benefits still remains low, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Links between the employment rate and health insurance … finish reading Workplace Health Coverage Falls, Despite Economic Recovery

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New CMS Mobile Apps Boost Financial Transparency Between Physicians and Healthcare Users

Two free mobile apps designed to increase financial transparency among physicians and healthcare users are now available from CMS, officials have stated. As part of the government’s Open Payments program, the apps are designed to create greater public transparency about … finish reading New CMS Mobile Apps Boost Financial Transparency Between Physicians and Healthcare Users

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Patient-Centered Medical Home Saves Michigan Blues $155 Million Over Three Years

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan saved an estimated $155 million in prevented claims costs over the first three years of its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program, according to an analysis published in the Health Services Research Journal. When physicians … finish reading Patient-Centered Medical Home Saves Michigan Blues $155 Million Over Three Years

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