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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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Alliance Awards Grants to Study Value-Based Care, Other Home Health Issues

September 6, 2018 | Kaitlyn Mattson The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) has announced awardees for its 2018 home health research grant funding cycle. Announced Thursday, funding will be used to support projects ranging from public policy to in-home care for patients with dementia. Among this year’s group of awardees are Columbia University School of Nursing and […]

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Accountable Care Learning Collaborative and Leading Provider Organizations Respond to Calls for Value-Based Transformation of US Health Care

August 28, 2018 | Accountable Care Learning Collaborative at Western Governors University  SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) is pleased to release ten new Case Study Briefs (CSBs) in partnership with leading provider organizations – including Mayo Clinic, Ascension, and Montefiore Health System – each offering a concise, tactical […]

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States Leverage Federal Funds to Help Insurers Lower Premiums

August 15, 2018 | Steven Findlay, US News & World Report States are launching reinsurance programs to reduce premium costs for patients with high medical bills. When Tracy Deis decided in 2016 to transition from a full-time job to part-time contract work, the loss of her employer’s health insurance was not a major worry because […]

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State Actions Help Keep Lid on Health Insurance Rate Hikes in NJ

August 13, 2018 | Lilo H. Stainton, NJ Spotlight  Prices will increase but by far less than for consumers in most other states, as New Jersey is ‘working aggressively’ to counter federal changes to Affordable Care Act Although health insurance premiums are slated to increase in New Jersey next year, they will increase by less than […]

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