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Primary care practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New York’s Erie and Niagara Counties can now apply to participate in the second round of CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model.

For the second time under the Trump administration, CMS has delayed the implementation date of bundled payments for cardiac care and an expansion of a joint replacement model, which are now due to begin Jan. 1, 2018, opening the door to additional changes, like making the models voluntary rather than mandatory.  

Two large hospitals in the Los Angeles area would be under the same parent organization under a proposed affiliation plan announced by Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Geisinger Health System and insurer Highmark have signed a letter of intent for a new joint venture to develop a new clinical network and reimbursement in four Pennsylvania counties.

New renderings have been released of the new pediatric and obstetric hospital campus at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, which is now slated to open in December, five years after the groundbreaking for the facility. 

 

Recent Headlines

5 forces driving ‘seismic change’ in healthcare

A new report from Pricewaterhousecooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI) tries to identify “a vision for US New Health Economy” over the next decade, breaking down shifts in healthcare to five separate areas driving “seismic change.”

New strategic plan for ‘future of nursing science’ released

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has released its first new strategic plan in five years, focusing on the implementation of precision medicine and greater use of data science in clinical trials.

5 things to know about the state of employer-sponsored health coverage

A modest rise in premiums, a big increase in deductibles and a move away from paid provider organization (PPO) plans are among the notable results in the annual survey on employer-sponsored health benefits from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).

The Medicare costs of tainted water systems

While contaminated water systems have received more attention thanks to the lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the healthcare costs of infections caused by waterborne bacteria have been increasing for years, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Health.

'Almost like a normal visit': How telemedicine is growing in rural areas, becoming a standard practice

As telemdicine continues to grow, physicians and patients alike are realizing how easy, convenient and affordable it is, while also coming to terms with its limitations. 

Lean processes decrease wait times, increase efficacy in VA

The last few years have not been kind to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with stories about scheduling delays, long wait times and lack of patient access. As a way to deal with such issues, VA medical centers are implementing lean processes. A new study published by JAMA Surgery evaluated just how efficient these lean processes are, and if the VA is up to the challenge of caring for a growing number of veterans.

Hospitals now own 1 in 4 physician practices

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of physician practices owned by hospitals or health systems rose by 86 percent, resulting in a quarter of all medical practices being hospital-owned.

HMOs will dominate plan offerings on exchanges in 2017

The majority of health care plans available on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in 18 states will be health maintenance organizations, according to a new analysis by McKinsey & Co.

EDs in Illinois, Massachusetts feeling little relief post-ACA

Two state-specific studies of emergency departments said the Affordable Care Act didn’t decrease patient volume and may have made on-call specialists less available.

7 things to know about high-need patients

The Commonwealth Fund has released two new issue briefs on high-need patients, aiming to better understand the characteristics of these patients instead focusing on costs alone.

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