Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Allina Health, Aetna to create joint health plan

    Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna and Allina Health in Minneapolis inked a partnership to establish a jointly owned health plan as an option for employers and consumers in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., region.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. US abortion rate hits lowest point since 1970s, study finds

    The abortion rate in the United States has hit a historic low, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights think tank with offices in the District of Columbia and New York City.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Medica cuts 100 jobs after ditching Minnesota managed care contract

    Minnetonka, Minn.-based Medica eliminated approximately 100 full-time jobs following the insurer's decision to drop a contract to manage Minnesota's public health insurance programs, reports Star Tribune.  By Morgan Haefner -

How to fix emergency department overcrowding, wait time and throughput

Emergency department overcrowding and lengthy wait times are nothing new. But with the advent of the Affordable Car Act and resultant rise in ED volume, both are getting increasingly worse.
  1. 19 hospitals, health systems seeking Cerner, Meditech, Epic talent

    The top three vendors hospitals use to attest to the meaningful use program are Cerner, Meditech and Epic, according to June 2016 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Do hospitals and health systems face the same fate as big box stores? 3 key thoughts

    'In the hospital arena like in the big box arena, we see erosion of revenue (or much smaller increases in revenues) paired with a cost structure that remains largely unchanged.'  By Scott Becker and Molly Gamble -
  3. 48 insurers that decreased their 2017 ACA exchange footprint

    Here are 48 insurers which sold health insurance on ACA exchanges for 2016 but exited exchanges in some states or markets for the 2017 coverage year. The payers are listed in alphabetical order.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. 67% of patient advocacy groups receive funding from for-profit companies

    Approximately 67 percent of nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating patients and advocating for policy changes on their behalf receive funding from for-profit companies, according to a survey published in JAMA. By Brian Zimmerman -

Are you prepared for MACRA's first performance year?

MACRA’s first performance year is less than 60 days away. Ignoring MACRA can result in payment increases and decreases of 4% of total Medicare revenue. Learn which steps you should be taking to prepare your organization.
  1. Michael Dowling: The CEO's role in tech and cybersecurity

    The rapid evolution of technology is changing the way virtually every business runs. In healthcare, whether it's program development, workflow, supply chain or care delivery, technology plays a critical role. And although technology offers multitudes of opportunities to provide better, more efficient care, it also creates new areas of vulnerability — which is why it demands attention from the entire leadership team.   By Michael J. Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health -
  2. Summa Health, critical care physician group contract expires

    Akron, Ohio-base Summa Health System decided earlier this month not to renew a three-year contract with a critical care specialist group, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. WSJ: Theranos did not disclose Ariz. lab inspection failure

    Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood testing startup Theranos faces another potentially damning report from The Wall Street Journal alleging the company did not disclose a failed CMS inspection last September.    By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Urban Institute: 9 ways the ACA could be improved without repealing it

    While Congress grapples with the financial and legislative challenges of repealing and replacing of the ACA, a better solution may be to strengthen the weak parts of the law and keep the parts that are working, a research report from the Urban Institute suggests.  By Emily Rappleye -

The changing dynamics of customer engagement

In this e-book, you’ll meet two visionary companies, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and American Addiction Centers, that are revolutionizing the customer experience in today’s highly connected world.
  1. 7 statistics on the rising rates of opioid hospitalizations

    Hospitals are seeing a sharp increase in opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits, according to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. 5 things to know about microhospitals

    Large acute inpatient hospitals, traditionally the bedrock of healthcare, are facing lower admission rates amid a growing ambulatory market in the shift to value-based care. Many health systems, as part of their efforts to adapt to this pressure and remain competitive, have begun investing in microhospitals. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Drugmakers want new FDA chief to have medical background

    Pharmaceutical executives are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to appoint someone with a medical background to serve as chief of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and ensure the agency continues evaluating the effectiveness of new therapies, reports Bloomberg. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy proposes plan to let states choose to keep ACA

    Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD, R-La., plans to introduce an updated version of his healthcare plan in a bid to win over Democrats who opposed broader efforts by their Republican congressional peers to repeal and replace the ACA, Bloomberg reports. By Tamara Rosin -
  5. Hospital M&A activity jumps 55 percent in 6 years: 5 findings

    Although the number of hospital transactions dipped slightly in 2016, the overall trend over the past six years shows hospital mergers and acquisition activity is on the rise, according to an analysis by Kaufman Hall & Associates.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Arizona Walgreens clinics now selling opioid overdose antidote Naloxone without prescription

    As part of a national plan to fight drug abuse, Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens has made naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in more than 240 of its Arizona pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. Federal court refuses to dismiss false claims suit against Prime Healthcare

    A California federal court has denied three motions brought by Prime Healthcare Services in a lawsuit alleging the Ontario, Calif.-based hospital chain violated the False Claims Act.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Moody's: 4 effects of ACA repeal on hospitals, insurers and pharma

    The seemingly imperiled fate of the ACA and the effects a potential repeal on the healthcare industry remain uncertain, but Moody's Investors Service outlined predictions on various sectors for the year ahead in its "Healthcare Quarterly" report. By Tamara Rosin -
  9. 13 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported in Becker's Hospital Review in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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