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Providers back population health management despite Affordable Care Act uncertainty

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By Bernie Monegain | August 1, 2017 A new Health Catalyst survey shows population health work is going strong even amid the turmoil surrounding the failed efforts by the Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The July survey of 199 healthcare executives showed 68 percent of healthcare executives responding indicated population health management is “very important” to […]

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8 N.J. hospitals partner with QualCare to offer tiered health care plans

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By Anjalee Khemlani | July 14, 2017 Eight hospital systems have partnered with QualCare’s network to offer a tiered network health care plan for small groups, an often underserved sector for health benefits in terms of options. The Community Care Network soft-launched at the start of this year using employees of a QualCare affiliated physician group […]

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New Healthcare Option for State Workers Expands Patient-Centered Care

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By Lilo H. Stainton | July 13, 2017 Tens of thousands of public workers in New Jersey now have another option when it comes to patient-focused healthcare, thanks to a growing program developed by Senate President Steve Sweeney and labor unions to improve treatment options and curb taxpayer costs. Paladina Health, a for-profit company that is a national leader […]

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Congress Has Forgotten America’s Biggest Health Care Problem

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By Nisarg A. Patel | July 10, 2017 We spend too much on health care in this country—U.S. health care spending has spiked to more than 17 percent of our gross domestic product. Insurance has become outrageously expensive, which is one of the reasons we need health care reform. To understand why the cost of health […]

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Value-based pay push ‘here to stay’ under new administration, CMS officials say

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By Emily Mongan | July 5, 2017 Despite uncertainty surrounding the future of value-based care under President Donald Trump’s administration, initiatives focused on tying payment to quality will continue full steam ahead, according to federal officials. Some analysts agreed the push will continue but question how much intensity it will have. Kate Goodrich, director for […]

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Community health centers should make the move toward value-based care

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By Paige Minemyer | June 19, 2017 As the healthcare industry moves toward value-based care, those payment principles can and should be applied to community health centers, albeit cautiously. Patients treated at community health centers are often vulnerable, so their needs must be taken into account when applying payment reform to these organizations, according to a Viewpoint article published in […]

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As Washington stalls on health care, Jersey businesses brace for increases

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By John Harmon | Jun. 15, 2017 The cost of purchasing health coverage is a top concern for business of all sizes. The smaller the company, the bigger the worry. Overall, New Jersey’s small businesses have seen relatively stable health insurance premiums in recent years which has been good news. Stable premiums allow business owners […]

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Warning signals to New Jersey on health care costs

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By Laurel Pickering | Jun. 13, 2017 New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have recently done New Jersey a favor. The state’s neighbors have flashed a warning sign that the Garden State would do well to notice.  In the past month, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania health insurers taking part in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) […]

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Embracing Value-Based Contracts for a Sustainable Healthcare System

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By Laura Joszt | June 9, 2017 With the sustainability and affordability of the US healthcare system in dire straits, now is the time for collaboration on new payment models, explained chief executive officers from a health plan and an insurer during a general session on the second day of America’s Health Insurance Plans’ Institute […]

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OP-ED: Waffling in D.C. Means Higher Health Insurance Premiums for NJ

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By Christine Stearns | June 8, 2017 When rates jump as much as 50 percent, it’s unclear whether consumers on individual exchange in those states will be able to afford health insurance at all Have you noticed what has been going on with health insurance premiums for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans around […]

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