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Feds issue proposal for limited wraparound coverage

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury  released proposed rules Friday that would amend the definition of expected benefits to include wraparound coverage.

Georgia hospitals struggle, refuse to sign on to state-survival plan

None of Georgia's struggling rural hospitals have signed onto the state's plan to save money by scaling back operations, the Associated Press reports.

Scribe use may hinder EHR design improvement

While the use of scribes may be of value to physicians and hospitals in the short term, it could stifle technological improvements to electronic health records and put patients at risk, according to a viewpoint published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Leadership support central to long-lasting hospital change

This year I had the privilege of interviewing many hospital and healthcare executives about leadership strategies and the challenges the industry faced in the wake of healthcare reform, Medicare...

Humana CEO: Member engagement key to cutting healthcare costs

Humana's recent success in controlling costs has come in large part from an emphasis on member engagement, according to CEO Bruce Broussard.

Despite competition, health insurance brokers still have role in industry

Are health insurance brokers becoming irrelevant? On one side of the argument, it's possible that the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is meant to replace brokers.  On the flip side, brokers may be essential to exchanges.  

How purchasing alliances strengthen hospitals and outcomes

Although hospitals and health systems largely for m alliances and coalitions out of necessity, the arrangements positively impact care outcomes and individual providers, argues a  Harvard Business Review  bl og post.

Federal government, states unprepared for infectious outbreak

The United States is woefully underprepared for potential future disease outbreaks, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

3 steps to healthcare payment reform

In order to achieve payment reform, the healthcare industry must take several key steps, says Alan Weil, editor-in-chief of  Health Affairs. H e recommends that the healthcare industry let leaders lead, think small and focus on the journey, not the destination.   Here are some highlights from three of the five steps Weil outlines in his post.

Employer executives want healthcare reform, increased transparency

Almost 74 percent of senior executives in the country's largest companies want policies that bring about comprehensive healthcare reform, better quality measurement and increased transparency, according to a new survey from the Pacific Business Group and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.