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Gingrich: GOP won't repeal ACA

Congressional Republicans who claim they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act really don't want to, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said at the 2015 World Health Care Congress this week in the District of Columbia.

Insurers show greater compliance with medical loss ratio

During the first year of the medical loss ratio, insurers paid $1 billion to consumers, according to recent research from the Commonwealth Fund. Rebates dropped to $325 million in 2013, demonstrating an increase in insurer compliance with the rule.

No Senate SGR fix vote until mid-April

The Senate adjourned this morning for a two-week recess before discussing legislation to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

Kaiser, Providence, Ascension leaders share cost-cutting strategies

Cutting costs in healthcare organizations often requires standardization and collaboration, tasks that are far easier said than done at large systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services or Ascension Health.

5 principles to help hospital leaders improve on the Triple Aim

Hospital leaders have proposed a new set of care principles to reflect the post-Affordable Care Act healthcare landscape, according to an opinion piece in JAMA co-written by former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick.

New federal program will help speed transition to value-based care

President Barack Obama this week officially launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a wide-reaching, public-private collaboration aimed to speed up the transition to value-based payment models

The financial return on a culture of patient safety

The patient safety program at the Adventist Health System saved lives and also $108 million in total costs between 2009 and 2012, according to a new study pubilshed in the Journal of Patient Safety. 

Are hospital leaders the culprits for rising healthcare costs?

Are America's hospitals the villains in the ongoing war against healthcare costs? Reihan Salam seems to think so. He argues in a recent issue of  Slate  that hospital business practices drive up costs and that politicians regularly close ranks to protect their interests.  

MRSA prevention in hospitals might be too costly

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a scourge in hospitals, infecting thousands of patients a year, but a new study suggests that it may be too expensive to treat aggressively.  

The tangible benefits of physician engagement

Guest post by Barry Ronan, president and CEO of Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland I am often asked how I engaged physicians as we were transitioning to value-based care...