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GOP tax overhaul could diminish research institutions
Both versions of the Republican-led Congress’ tax overhaul tinker with financing that bolsters major health research institutions, and either proposal could have a far-reaching impact on these facilities.
UnitedHealth goes the venture capital route
UnitedHealth’s Optum unit has launched a venture capital arm called Optum Ventures to invest in startups focused on improving healthcare delivery and consumer access.
Providers unsure that CMS ‘meaningful measures’ will reduce burden
Although the CMS says the new “meaningful measures” framework will reduce the burden on providers, some remain concerned that they would continue to struggle with reporting quality measures.
MASTERING MACRA: What you need to know about Medicare’s physician Quality Payment Program
MACRA’s approach to reimbursing physicians is here, but many doctors and administrators are still trying to get a handle on how it works. Read on for tips on how to deal with this major change to the Medicare payment system.
Data Points: Getting a handle on readmissions
Judge: Doctor who doesn’t use computer can’t regain license
A New Hampshire judge has denied an 84-year-old doctor’s request to regain her license to practice, which she had surrendered partly over her inability to use a computer.
Insurers claim their costs will rise if states pick essential benefits
Health insurers fear they will be on the hook for greater healthcare costs if the CMS finalizes its proposal to allow states to define their own essential health benefits starting in 2019.
North Carolina officials taking over mental health agency
North Carolina health department officials temporarily took over a regional managed-care mental health agency Monday because of “serious financial mismanagement” by its leaders in the wake of state reviews criticizing its spending and executive pay.
Trinity Health operating income rises in most recent quarter
Trinity Health’s first-quarter results were bolstered by a revenue increase and a focus on cost control
Providers and vendors team up for user-friendly EHRs
As healthcare inches toward value-based care, EHRs are more important than ever. Vendors are working with providers to improve their offerings, going beyond meeting the bare minimum federal requirements for their software.
Accessing behavioral health through primary care
Primary-care providers write most of the antidepressant prescriptions in the U.S., but these providers may have limited training in mental health treatment. Arun Gupta is giving primary-care providers and their patients access to mental health resources.
Safety & Quality
CMS: Hospice Compare site can’t be trusted
The Hospice Compare site has been providing inaccurate information to patients since its launch in August, and it’s unclear when the issues will be addressed.
Q A with Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean: ‘I will go anywhere there is a best practice and try to learn from others’
Operating in 21 states, Dignity Health serves a diverse patient population. For President and CEO Lloyd Dean, ensuring that the system evolves to meet community needs is essential.
This week’s poll: Has Trump been good or bad for healthcare?
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