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Medicare ACOs saved $411M in 2014, but few earned bonuses

Medicare accountable care organizations generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, but few of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs qualified for bonuses in the second year results of the program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But the financial metrics only tell some of the story, according to ACO leaders interviewed this morning. 

5 steps to an effective hospital CEO apology

Hospital chief executive officers, take note: If you ever need to apologize for corporate wrongdoing, it's best you look sad while you say you're sorry, according to a new study published in the September 2015 issue of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

The crucial question for Republicans' ACA replacement plans

Now that Republican presidential candidates are beginning to detail their plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, the most important question they must answer is how they'd protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, argues an opinion piece from  Bloomberg.

Could recording surgeries reduce medical errors?

Reducing medical errors is a major priority for the healthcare industry, and now legislators and patient safety advocates are exploring a potential solution to the problem: Cameras in the operating room.

Affordable Care Act could take hit from new accounting rules

​The next major threat to the Affordable Care Act could come from an unlikely, and seemingly benign, source: New accounting recommendations for state and municipal employee pensions.

Electronic mental health, substance abuse records need special care

I have little sympathy for the millions of people who joined the Ashley Madison website that facilitates extramarital affairs and now are dealing with the exposure of their involvement due to hackers. It is naïve in these electronic times to think that there's anything private. But it is disconcerting to think that electronic substance abuse and mental health records are more vulnerable to exposure.  

Demand up for independent second-opinion services

Many experts encourage patients to look outside of their institution or healthcare network for second opinions, increasing the demand for independent online services dedicated specifically to providing patients with another perspective on their diagnosis, according to  The   Wall Street Journal.

Anthem to cover female libido drug Addyi; Cigna and Aetna on the fence

Health insurers are on the fence about covering Sprout Pharmaceutical's new pill, Addyi, which treats low libido in women. 

How the Cadillac tax will impact the entire industry

With the Cadillac tax slated to take effect in 2018, employers continue to evaluate their current health benefits and consider  cost-reduction strategies to avoid triggering the tax.

Competition hard to come by in Medicare Advantage markets

Amid concern over the effects of major consolidation in the health insurance industry, a new report highlights the fact that most Medicare Advantage markets already are scarcely competitive.