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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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Increases in volume in trauma centers can improve survival rates

More is not always better, especially in the healthcare industry. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found as the number of patients admitted into trauma centers increase, the number of patients dying decreases twofold. 

Liquid biopsies can detect ovarian cancer recurrence before tumor appears

With 21,000 new diagnoses and 14,000 deaths, ovarian cancer is undoubtedly one of the most lethal cancers. A major factor leading to the high mortality rate is the fact that the cancer is not detected until the later stages and has a 75 percent chance of returning. Faced with these staggering odds, researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have been able to develop a new way to tract and treat ovarian cancer.

Arizona insurance brokerages partner to better serve region

Two of Arizona’s largest life and health insurance brokerages are teaming up to increase product selection, service and convenience for insurance agents in the region.

HealthSouth, Novant Health partner to build inpatient rehab center in North Carolina

Two southern health systems have formed a joint venture to build a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Report: Modest improvements across hospital regions since ACA took effect

The early effects of the Affordable Care Act brought some “modest” gains in health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use, cost and health outcomes to communities, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas partners with Metamark Genetics to provide urologic cancer care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas members now have access to urological care under a new agreement between the insurer and Metamark Genetics.

Chicago hospital tests free housing for frequent ER visitors

The University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago is trying a new approach to cut down on the cost of care for Medicaid “superutilizers” who are frequently admitted to emergency rooms: Give them an apartment instead.

Georgia health systems establish partnership to boost pediatric services

Two Georgia health systems have established a formal affiliation to combine resources to better serve their communities.

Nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder doubled in last decade

As rates of nonmedical use of prescription opioids continues to soar in the United States, more than doubling among adults from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013.

Boeing partners with MemorialCare to offer healthcare direct to workers

Boeing Co. has partnered with MemorialCare Health System to offer a new kind of health plan for most of its Southern California employees, who can now receive healthcare directly from MemorialCare, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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