April 22, 2019

In the News: Apr 18–25

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This week: iVRT may help patients with chronic pain; new data ties financial risk sharing and cost and quality of care; and WHO releases first recommendations for digital tech use.

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 April 15, 2019

In the News: Apr 11–18

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This week: BCBS of Texas will open primary care centers in 2020; morbidity data can help target opioid overuse interventions; and virtual health is now included in Medicare Advantage.

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 April 8, 2019

In the News: Apr 4–11

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This week: 1 in 7 commercially insured patients got surprise medical bills; pediatric providers embrace telehealth integration; and Leapfrog Group will issue quality ratings for ambulatory and OP surgical services.

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 March 25, 2019

In the News: Mar 21–28

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This week: Specialized psychiatric EDs improve care and increase ROI; MedPAC recommends increase to IP/OP payment rates; and strategies in employers’ “health care playbook.”

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 March 11, 2019

In the News: Mar 7–14

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This week: Hospitals penalized due to infections, injuries; hospital Medicare margins continue to decline; and CDS system implementation takes coordination, integration.

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 February 25, 2019

In the News: Feb 21–28

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This week: Life spans increase with more PCPs; Tennessee’s maternal deaths largely preventable; and HIMSS covers consumerism, price transparency, interoperability.

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 February 18, 2019

In the News: Feb 14–21

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This week: Spending for individuals with commercial insurance at a record high; deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant mood disorders; and younger patients’ dissatisfaction with traditional health care.

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 February 11, 2019

In the News: Feb 7–14

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This week: Most of Cigna’s reimbursements now go to value-based models; Aetna partners with Apple to boost healthy living; and California workforce shortage prompts $3 billion plan.

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 February 4, 2019

In the News: Jan 31–Feb 7

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This week: 2018 was a record year for health care services M&A; the impact of urgent care centers on nonemergent ED demand; and the impact of sport-related concussions in youth.

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