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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. 

 

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Fujifilm CMO on the company’s growing healthcare portfolio and the trends of tomorrow

Fujifilm’s ties to healthcare date all the way back to 1936, when it released its very first x-ray film. Today, Fujifilm is a large global company—it reported revenues of more than $22 billion in the last year—and its healthcare business alone was responsible for approximately $3.8 billion in revenue.

Overweight teens shouldn’t be told to diet, says new guidance for pediatric docs

When teenagers are obese or overweight, pediatric physicians should steer clear of encouraging them to diet, and family members should do the same, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CMS: Medicare Part D costs increased 17 percent in 2014

CMS has released new data on prescriptions made by physicians and providers paid for through Medicare Part D in 2014.

AAHC president offers plan to improve graduate medical education

In a Health Affairs blog post, Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) President Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, wrote about ways he believes graduate medical education (GME) and residency can be improved.

Cancer tops heart disease as leading cause of death in 12 European countries

Cardiovascular disease has been the top killer of people for decades, but now cancer is reaching the top of the list in 12 European counties.

Study: Surgery is best treatment for myasthenia gravis

Surgically removing the thymus gland from patients with the rare autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis provides significant benefits for patients who don’t have a chest tumor, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study: Opioid dependence claims increased by 3,200% among privately insured

Between 2007 and 2014, private insurance claims which included a diagnosis of opioid dependence increased by more than 3,200 percent, according to a new study released by nonprofit group FAIR Health.

U.S. News and World Report releases expanded hospital rankings

The Mayo Clinic tops the 2016-17 U.S. News and World Report best hospitals list, which has been expanded to include 20 facilities on its “honor roll” based on 25 different specialties, procedures and conditions.

CDC releases first-ever survey of prison healthcare

In the first national survey on health care services in prisons conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency found some inconsistency in how care is provided to a population which has higher rates of mental illness, chronic conditions and infectious diseases.

CDC: Kids under 15 most common ER visitors for brain injury

Younger people are more likely to be checking into emergency departments for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) than any other age group, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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