Category Archives: Uncategorized

14 Aug
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Primary care docs easier to find in ACA plans than Medicaid, study finds

Dive Brief: Primary care physicians accept Affordable Care Act exchange plans more often than Medicaid, but not as much as employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a Health Affairs study. The analysis found that PCP in-network participation was 91% in the ...

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14 Aug
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How providers are working to stem missed appointments

Patient no-shows are a costly, intractable headache for healthcare providers. Millions of patients cancel, skip or reschedule appointments with their clinicians every year, creating vacant schedules and expenses that can cost the industry by one estimate $150 billion annually. Click ...

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14 Aug
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Telling doctors about their patients’ opioid deaths curbed prescriptions

Dive Brief: A study published in Science found that telling doctors in San Diego County of a patient’s overdose death led to that physician prescribing fewer opioids. The county’s medical examiner sent a letter to physicians whose patients died within ...

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26 Jul
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Social determinants tech field wide open for health industry

Few healthcare organizations are investing in social determinants of health technology, and while an uptick is expected, the market will remain relatively weak until providers find the best way to use the data, according to a new analysis from Patchwise ...

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26 Jul
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Higher Medicaid rates improved behavioral health, study finds

Dive Brief: Higher primary care Medicaid reimbursement rates improve behavioral health outcomes among enrollees, according to a new report by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The report analyzed spillover effects of the largest federally-mandated increase in Medicaid primary care ...

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26 Jul
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CMS rule proposes site neutral payments, extends 340B cuts

Dive Brief: CMS issued a proposed rule for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) for 2019 that would institute site neutral payments and extend 340B payment cuts to previously exempt off-campus providers. The proposal would also ...

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19 Jul
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Sparks Health in Fort Smith, Van Buren sold to Little Rock-based Baptist Health

For the third time in less than 10 years, Sparks Health System will have a new owner. Little Rock-based Baptist Health System has agreed to acquire the Fort Smith hospital from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems (CHS). A transaction amount ...

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19 Jul
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Trump administration to give Kentucky Medicaid work requirement a second chance

The Trump administration is reviving its efforts to let Kentucky compel hundreds of thousands of poor residents to work or prepare for jobs to qualify for Medicaid, after a recent federal court order struck down the plan. Federal health officials ...

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16 Jul
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7,000 people fail to meet Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

By Associated Press  | July 16, 2018 More than 7,000 people on Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion didn’t meet a requirement that they report at least 80 hours of work in June and face the threat of losing their coverage if they fail ...

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16 Jul
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Doctors worry CMS proposals will slow the move to value-based pay

By Virgil Dickson  | July 14, 2018 An avalanche of new pay proposals from the CMS seeks to reduce provider burden, so much so that it could undermine efforts to shift Medicare to a value-based system, doctors warned. The agency released ...

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