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UnitedHealth, Co-op Exits Won’t Destroy HIX

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UnitedHealth, Co-op Exits Won’t Destroy HIX

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

The collapse of a dozen health insurance co-ops and UnitedHealth’s potential withdrawal will not be a major blow to the exchanges because none have been big players in this market, research suggests. >>>


Editor’s Picks

Seeking Value? Add Nonmedical Workers

Investing in community-based services by adding them to payment bundles can reduce readmissions and save significant expense, research suggests. >>>

After Medicaid Expansion, a Sharp Drop in Uninsured Hospital Stays

Kentucky experienced the most dramatic change in uninsured hospitalizations: a drop of 13.5 percentage points. States that did not expand Medicaid saw very little change in inpatient payer mix. >>>

Quality of Death Equals Quality of Care

Now that Medicare is paying for end-of-life care discussions with patients and families, we are finally beginning to acknowledge that a high quality death should be part of high quality care. >>>

Few Frivolous Claims of Malpractice End in Payment

Paid claims were mostly for patient death (32%), "significant" (severely disabling and permanent) physical injury (38%), and "major" physical injury (15%), researchers find. From MedPage Today. >>>

Use of CT Scans on the Rise in Emergency Departments

Factors driving physicians to order the imaging studies range from defensive medicine practices, their superior diagnostic accuracy compared with X-rays, and the demand to expedite the discharge of patients, says one researcher. >>>

Telemedicine Helps HR, Slashes Total Cost of Care

Telemedicine can alleviate recruitment woes and fill staffing gaps—and it can rein in costs. Banner Health’s total cost of care has dropped 23% since it began using telemedicine, says its VP of care innovation. >>>

Intelligence Report

Industry Survey: Ready, Set, When? The Drawn-Out Shift to Value

This HealthLeaders Media research report outlines how analytics use will be driven by value-based care and the assumption of greater downside risk and how providers will need tools to make sense of the data.
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News Headlines

House GOP fails anew to repeal Obama’s healthcare law

Miami Herald / Associated Press, February 3, 2016

Few states use health law option for low-cost plans

Texas Public Radio, February 3, 2016

JAMA: Big data and analytics improve ACO quality more than value-based models

Healthcare IT News, February 2, 2016

Millions eligible for Medicaid go without it

The Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2016

Drug shortages forcing hard decisions on rationing treatments

The New York Times, February 1, 2016

Charity care shrinking at central OH’s nonprofit hospitals

The Columbus Dispatch, February 1, 2016

Health law insurance will probably cost more in 2017, top insurer says

Chicago Tribune, January 29, 2016

1% of US docs responsible for a third of malpractice payments

Reuters, January 28, 2016

VT officials outline bid for ‘all-payer model’

WAMC / Associated Press, January 28, 2016

Hospital partners with crowdfunding site for medical bill payments

ComputerWorld, January 28, 2016

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