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The government's new Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Plus initiative presents both challenges and opportunities for rural providers, writes Janelle Ali-Dinar, Ph.D., a rural healthcare expert, on RACMonitor.
Healthcare's transition from fee-for-service to value-based care models is hitting teaching hospitals especially hard. However, if such hospitals strengthen their ties to integrated delivery networks that emphasize primary care and multispecialty group practice, they can significantly improve their chances of a successful transition, argues a post from the NEJM Catalyst blog.
Amid the healthcare industry's shift to a consumer-focused business model, one health insurer has embraced the change by creating its own exchange platform to sell coverage in what it sees as a more effective and engaging manner.
Adjustments to the proposed rule for value-based payment models encompassed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act have not done enough to even the playing field for smaller practices, according to an article in Medscape.
Healthcare executives are generally optimistic about the current state of their businesses, although they have ongoing concerns about the ever-increasing cost of delivering care, according to a survey conducted by CIT Healthcare Finance.
Margins among non-profit hospitals have rebounded completely from the Great Recession and have hit highs not seen in several years, according to Moody's Investors Service, which analyzed the numbers for 190 hospitals and healthcare systems.
Aetna saw its Q1 net income decrease 7 percent--from $777.5 million to $726.6M--from 2015 to 2016, the insurer said in its earnings report Wednesday, and its total medical membership has fallen since the beginning of the year. However, its operating revenue rose 4 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2015
The costs of emergency surgery are soaring, but research published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery found that just seven procedures accounted for 80 percent of admissions, inpatient costs, complications and deaths.
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