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Medicare Costs Drop As Humana Shifts Doctors To Value-Based Models

November 13, 2018 | Bruce Japsen  Humana’s shift from fee-for-service medicine to value-based payments for physicians continues to reduce costs and improve quality of care for seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, the insurer says, citing a new internal study. Medical costs were nearly 16% lower for seniors enrolled in Humana Medicare Advantage plans that paid […]

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Data and Collaboration Are Key for Value-Based Care Success

November 11, 2018 | Laura Joszt Data and collaboration are necessary ingredients to succeed in the transition to value-based care models, and the money saved under these models will create room to pay for unconventional therapies and services in healthcare, according to panelists at The Institute for Value-Based Medicine meeting in Seattle, Washington. Although the United […]

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N.J. to launch new site for Affordable Care Act enrollment, awareness

October 30, 2018 | Associated Press Gov. Phil Murphy says his administration is launching a new website to promote Affordable Care Act open enrollment. The Murphy administration says it’s the first coordinated public awareness campaign by the state since the implementation of the so-called Obamacare legislation. Open enrollment starts Thursday and goes through Dec. 15. GetCoveredNJ.gov is […]

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Healthcare costs continue to rise in NJ, outpacing national increase

October 15, 2018 | Lilo H. Stainton Although record numbers of New Jerseyans now have insurance coverage, the price of healthcare remains a major difficulty for families and small businesses. Far fewer people are being admitted to New Jersey hospitals in recent years, with improvements in medical care and a growth in less-costly outpatient options. […]

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Justice Department Clears $68 Billion CVS–Aetna Merger

October 10, 2018 | Mary Caffrey, AJMC The deal could lead to the transformation of CVS’ drug stores into retail medical centers. The American Medical Association opposes the plan. CVS and Aetna received conditional approval for their $68 billion merger, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today, clearing the way for a union between […]

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NJ lawmakers seek more control over price of prescriptions

October 2, 2018 | Lilo H. Stainton Taking a page out of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ book, state Sen. Troy Singleton wants to peg cost of drugs here to what drug companies charge in some industrialized countries Members of the state Senate are seeking to control the cost of pharmaceuticals that have been developed with the […]

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Half Of U.S. Doctors Have Pay Tied To ‘Value-Based Metrics’

September 19, 2018 | Bruce Japsen  Nearly half of the nation’s physicians report compensation tied to “value-based metrics” as fee-for-service medicine gives way to alternative payment models that link pay to quality and health outcomes, according to a new survey. The biennial survey from The Physicians Foundation shows 47% of physicians have some of their compensation tied to […]

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