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Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles

Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. The CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.

Cybersecurity focus by HHS, other federal agencies 'abysmal'

A new study from The Brookings Institution slams federal agencies for doing a poor job of making cybersecurity part of their strategic plans.

73% of physician leaders preparing for HHS payment proposal

Healthcare organizations are actively preparing for the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to tie 30 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality and value by 2016, according to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Former ONC heads: Payment reform beneficial, but business model still broken

National Coordinators for Health IT past and present gathered at ONC's annual meeting Tuesday in the District of Columbia to talk about where the agency has been and where it is going, with the role of payment reform in interoperabilty garnering the most passionate discussion.

3 lessons from HHS' latest healthcare initiatives

Three recent announcements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have major implications for the agency's strategy going forward, writes health economist and policy expert Paul Keckley.

Patient-centered medical homes lower costs, reduce healthcare overuse

The evidence is clear that the use of patient-centered medical homes can reduce healthcare costs, overuse of the emergency department and overall inpatient hospitalizations, according to a new, comprehensive report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

GAO urges review of group purchasing

The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new repo rt   to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.

Insurers will have to include hospital benefits in all exchange plans

Insurers won't be able to keep excluding hospital benefits in plans sold on the health insurance exchanges if a proposal from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services becomes final, reported Kaiser Health News.

After Obamacare enrollment data snafu, a push for openness

The latest controversy over Affordable Care Act enrollment figures has reignited a demand for more transparency, Politico reported.

Former HHS official calls for smarter narrow networks

Narrow insurance networks have come under fire for offering a limited list of participating physicians and facilities--but one former White House official says they can, in fact, work.