Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has launched a new accountable care organization (ACO) that will include 42 primary care practices and 104 primary care physicians treating more than 40,000 members.
Using an EHR's clinical decision support (CDS) system can "substantially" affect the prescribing patterns of antibiotics by primary care practices, according to a new study.
Two health insurers--HealthPartners and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan--have focused their attention on collaborating with providers to improve health outcomes. One key to successful...
Better integrated care, improved population health and enhanced consumer engagement are the three keys to a high-value, low-cost healthcare system, three chief executives from major insurers said Thursday during the AHIP Institute 2012 in Salt Lake City.
Physicians who want to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative need to be able to demonstrate that they are successful users of electronic health record technology, CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced last week
The nation's medical schools are gearing up to graduate nearly a third more doctors than in the past, but concerns are rising that too many will be trained for specialties rather than primary care,
As Martin Luther King, Jr., famously said, "I have a dream." So too does Rich Snyder, chief medical officer for Independence Blue Cross (IBC). Although Snyder's dream won't likely cause major rifts
When Cigna announced a few weeks ago that it added 10 new accountable care organization (ACO) initiatives in seven states to its existing 12 ACO programs, it officially became a central ACO player
A new study by researchers at the University of California at Irvine concludes that providing low-income people with medical insurance coverage eventually leads to a dramatic plunge in healthcare
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) wants to cut payments for non-emergency hospital visits so they become on par with regular physician office visits, reported MedPage Today. Such