Alicia Caramenico

Biography for Alicia Caramenico

Alicia Caramenico is the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer and its related publications. Before joining FierceMarkets, she was a web production/multimedia intern at the non-profit Education Week. For almost two years she worked as a publications intern at RiskMetrics Group, a risk management and corporate governance firm in Rockville, Md. Alicia holds a B.A. in print journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. She enjoys reading and playing with her English bulldog. Alicia can be reached at acaramenico@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceHealth and @HealthPayer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Alicia Caramenico

Not all medical homes created equal

Don't use the same measuring stick to judge the effectiveness of all patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), advised a policy expert and PCMH researcher, MedPage Today reported.

Female docs gain ground on male peers

University of Montreal researchers analyzed the billing information for more than 870 Quebec practitioners, half of them women, treating elderly diabetic patients and found the female doctors provided higher quality care than their male counterparts.

What it takes for true payment reform in healthcare

While the healthcare industry aims to shift away from a fee-for-service payment model that rewards volume over value, real payment reform must retain some elements of fee for service, according to a health policy expert.

Republicans demand HHS Secretary Sebelius' head over exchange problems

The rocky start to open enrollment in the health insurance exchanges has prompted Republican calls for the resignation of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Healthcare experiences the most CEO turnover

When it comes to CEO turnover, healthcare continues to outpace other industries, saying goodbye to the most chief executives so far this year, according to the latest report from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Physician assistants step up to fill holes in healthcare system

Physician assistants are embracing industry calls to help close the primary care gap and meet the growing demand for healthcare services, NBC News reported.

Hospitals put more doctors, nurses in charge

Changing healthcare reimbursement and delivery systems are driving clinicians and hospitals closer together, and as a result doctors, nurses and other health professionals increasingly are taking on key leadership roles, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Weekend hospitalizations lead to longer stays

Research shows when patients get admitted to the hospital on Friday night or over the weekend, they stay in the hospital longer than those admitted Monday through Thursday, Forbes reported.

Patient activation influences readmission rates

Hospitals should add patient activation to their list of readmission reduction strategies, suggests a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that found patients possessing a high degree of knowledge, skills and confidence in self-managing their care were less likely to return to the hospital within 30 days.

Hospitals and exchanges need each other

Last week, the health insurance exchanges opened to strong consumer interest, not to mention some frustrating technical glitches, and saw millions of consumers checking out the new online marketplaces.

But what about providers? Have hospitals and practices welcomed exchanges with open arms? It looks like they're throwing rotten tomatoes at the exchanges instead, giving negative feedback and even filing lawsuits. For example, Seattle Children's Hospital has sued Washington state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner for being cut out of the new exchange.