Industry challenges and sector-by-sector outlook for 2015

Industry-wide changes and a growing emphasis on strategic activity makes this year an exciting time for healthcare, though such changes introduce risks in addition to new opportunities. The healthcare sector is subject to and must also contend with pol…

Arkansas governor wants to close door on private option

In a highly anticipated address, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said he is open to keeping the state’s private option Medicaid program in place until the end of 2016 but wants to form a task force to explore a future overhaul.

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Moving forward on primary care transformation

By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer  Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are excited to announce the promising findings from two large-scale tests of advanced primary care: the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) […]

Docs to ONC: Change the EHR certification process

An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies, stressing “elevated concern” about the certification of electronic health record systems, has sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo urging ONC to reevaluate its “current trajectory” and recommending changes to the certification process.

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Economist: Slow growth in healthcare spending is likely here to stay

Rising healthcare costs have been haunting both the sector and individual Americans for decades, but what if the recent slowdown in increases is actually permanent? That’s the argument of Temple University economics professor Tom E. Getzen, who also serves as executive director of the International Health Economics Association.

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Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies

Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.

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