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Questions hospitals must consider before joining an ACO

Organizations must consider four questions when they work with a health insurer to implement an accountable care organization, writes Daniel Finke, CEO of accountable care solutions from Aetna, in a piece for  Healthcare IT News.

Employer-sponsored plan enrollment steady

Consumers enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans over the last two years are largely staying in those plans, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3 truths about making tough decisions

Decision-making is exhausting. Whether partnering with patients to make medical choices or making business decisions for your practice, the best answer is rarely obvious. There are almost always...

Covered California reports modest premium increase of 4 percent

California's state-run health insurance exchange, Covered California,  announced that premiums are set to increase 4 percent statewide, which the federal government hailed as a sign the Affordable Care Act is working as intended.

3 concerns to address when hiring doctors to work for your hospital

More and more physicians are trading the autonomy of private practice for the security of working in hospital-employed medical groups. Here are three of the challenges hospitals face.   

Anthem, Cigna see pharmacy benefit management opportunities in merger

In addition to adding to the insurance industry's wave of consolidation, the news of Anthem's deal to acquire Cigna also reinforced how much value the largest health insurers place in the pharmacy benefit management business.

Louisiana Health Cooperative becomes latest CO-OP to bite the dust

The Louisiana Department of Insurance  announced that the state's consumer operated and oriented health plan, Louisiana Health Cooperative, will discontinue selling coverage at the end of 2015. Currently, 17,000 residents receive coverage from the CO-OP.

Will hospitals consider converting to a short-stay model?

A Texas hospital is adopting a short-stay model--treating patients for admissions that last 24 hours or less--and it may be a model other providers emulate, according to the Port Arthur News.

CMS' joint replacement initiative won't keep surgery volumes in check

I am hopeful the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to bundle payments for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries will become operational by early next year. But I...

Healthcare lobbies push to include housing as a hospital community benefit

Several prominent hospital groups have been urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to consider hospital-sponsored housing as a community benefit, AHA News Now has reported.