Montana legislature blocks Medicaid expansion; MA Blues expand care quality program to cut costs;

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> All 59 Republicans in the Montana House of Representatives voted down a bill to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state, but Gov. Steve Bullock (D) said he still supports expansion, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> A plan by the Massachusetts Blues to expand a program that would pay doctors based on the quality of care they provide was praised by the Boston Globe as a way to potentially cut healthcare costs. Article

Provider News

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Next Generation accountable care organization--a model that asks participants to take on more financial risk with the potential to obtain a greater reward--is a positive step that will propel the industry toward a value-based payment system, healthcare experts said Wednesday. Article

> More hospitals push to improve patient satisfaction in order to avoid financial penalties from Medicare, but they face numerous challenges, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

Healthcare IT News

> As reimbursement for telehealth care grows more ubiquitous, hospitals increasingly take advantage of the technology to improve patient care. Case in point, New York-based Mount Sinai Health System this week announced the launch of several telehealth initiatives to extend care beyond its walls. Article

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