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 October 1, 2018

In the News: September 27–October 4

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This week: Physician-group ACOs produced savings for Medicare; Medicaid spending reached $592.2 billion in 2017; and a population health collaborative reduced the hospitalization rate for heart attacks.

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 September 10, 2018

In the News: September 6–13

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This week: Low-acuity patients are increasingly seeking non-ED treatment; more than one-fifth of US adults report feelings of loneliness; and Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017.

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 August 6, 2018

In the News: August 2–9

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This week: Google continues its push into health care; CMS releases its 2019 inpatient payment final rule; and North Carolina’s transition to managed Medicaid will involve social determinants of health...

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 July 30, 2018

In the News: July 26–August 2

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This week: Health systems look to improve a fractured consumer experience; hospital-acquired conditions are declining; CMS proposes expanding site-neutral payment policy in 2019.

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 July 16, 2018

In the News: July 12–19

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This week: A proposed patient safety database for ASCs; physician perspectives of MIPS in year 1 of MACRA; and the growing role of private equity in health care.

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 June 18, 2018

In the News: June 14–21

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This week: Variation in BPCI Advanced’s readmission rates; the health care costs of treating chronic diseases in the US; and Congress is looking to address maternal health risks.

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 May 29, 2018

In the News: May 24–31

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This week: US fertility falls to a record low, Kaiser Permanente invests $200 million to fight homelessness and CMS denies Ohio’s individual mandate waiver.

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 May 7, 2018

In the News: May 3–10

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This week: Prevalence of autism continues to grow; HHS proposes yearlong delay of 340B rule on new drug prices; state health system performance varies widely by state

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 April 16, 2018

In the News: April 12–19

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This week: CMS final rule lets states define essential health benefits; health system expansion may result in patient safety risks; and the FDA approves the first autonomous AI medical device

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 March 12, 2018

In the News: March 8–15

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This week: The value of minimally invasive surgery in the Medicare population; an insurer’s new payment policy for ED claims; and hospital-at-home programs

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 March 5, 2018

In the News: March 1–8

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This week: The impact of policy changes on coverage and premiums, a Colorado ED collaborative reduces opioid use in pain management, and Uber launches a medical transportation service

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 February 12, 2018

In the News: February 8–15

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This week: Virtual health reimbursement legislation, depression treatment initiation and primary care, and rapid adoption of hospital-based palliative care programs

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 February 5, 2018

In the News: February 1–8

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This week: Asthma mortality and care management; Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway’s health care company; and payment rate increases for Medicare Advantage plans

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