UnitedHealth expands payment incentives to 300 docs; Digital health funding hit $1.92 billion in 2013;

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> UnitedHealthcare expands it accountable care efforts in Colorado, making more than 300 primary care providers with Primary Physician Partners and South Metro Primary Care eligible for payment incentives based on meaningful improvements in hospital readmission rates, disease management and prevention, patient safety, total cost savings and patient satisfaction, the insurer announced yesterday. Announcement

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> Technology will be central to hospitals' efforts to engage patients in their care and meet Meaningful Use requirements, writes Joey Hobbs, CIO of Community Hospital Anderson, in a recent post to healthsystemCIO.com. Article

> Total digital health funding in 2013 reached $1.92 billion, according to an end-of-year report from Rock Health, a digital health startup seed fund. That figure represents 35 percent growth since 2012, and more than 100 percent growth since 2011. Article

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