Medicaid expansion could save Florida billions, spare hospitals; Online clinics can reduce costs, improve outcomes;

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> Expanding Medicaid would save Florida billions of dollars, as well as spare hospitals the costs of treating large numbers of uninsured patients, according to a study from Georgetown University. Article

> A new analysis from an economist at the Federal Reserve argues health and socioeconomic factors largely drive Medicare spending. Article

> Surgery centers jack up bills on out-of-network care, with one Southern California surgery center charging t $87,500 for a routine, 20-minute knee operation. Article

Provider News

> Ordering physicians prefer to deliver the results of imaging exams to their patients themselves, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Article

> Shared medical appointments continue to offer doctors the ability to see patients on shorter notice, spend more time with them and motivate consumers to engage in their health. Article

Health IT News

> HealthPartners of Minnesota's online clinic, Virtuwell, has reduced costs by an average of $88 per episode compared with traditional care, has improved clinical effectiveness and has a 98 percent "would recommend" rating from customers. Article

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