Private Louisiana hospitals could help pay for Medicaid expansion; NBGH announces 'Shark Tank-like' initiative to foster innovation

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> Nearly 642,000 physicians participated in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program Experience Report, a 47 percent increase in participation from 2012, according to CMS. Announcement

> The non-profit National Business Group on Health launched a "Shark Tank-like" initiative, Health Innovations Forum, to help startup companies develop effective healthcare technologies and solutions. Announcement

> New legislation filed in the Louisiana House would allow private hospitals to pool their money in order to share the state's cost for Medicaid expansion, which could attract more federal Medicaid money, according to the Washington Times. Article

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> As the shift toward value-based payment models increases, so does the need to align both provider-facing initiatives and consumer-facing strategies. Blending both parts together to create one solid entity is no easy feat. Article

> While the Affordable Care Act has helped lower the overall uninsured rate, a large percentage of Hispanic Americans still lack health coverage. The key to lowering this population's uninsured rate might be found in expanding Medicaid and improving outreach initiatives. Article

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