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California Improvement Network Announces New Partner Organizations

February 13, 2018
California Improvement Network Announces New Partner Organizations Seventeen health care organizations including provider groups and coalitions, health plans, and quality improvement organizations, have been selected as partners for CIN. Collectively, these organizations serve or support more than...

An ER visit, a $12,000 bill — and a health insurer that wouldn’t pay

February 08, 2018
New healthcare policies suggest a new and controversial strategy for reining in health care costs: asking patients to play a larger role in assessing their own medical condition — or pay a steep price. Emergency room doctors and patients argue that these new policies can often deprive patients of...

System-Level Influences on Overly Aggressive Treatments at the End of Life

February 06, 2018
Dzeng, Elizabeth, Daniel Dohan, et al.  Homing in on the Social: System-Level Influences on Overly Aggressive Treatments at the End of Life Journal of Pain and Symptom Management , Volume 55 , Issue 2 , 282 - 289 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.08.019 A good end-of-life experience...

Three US companies announce plans to create a new company to provide healthcare

February 01, 2018
Three of corporate America's biggest companies announced plans to create a company to provide employees with high-quality, affordable healthcare. R.Adams Dudley, director of the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value,  comments on the proposed plan in USAToday

Rise in billing for high-intensity ED visits accompanied by decline in admissions.

January 31, 2018
There has been concern that an increase in billing for high-intensity emergency care is due to changes in coding practices facilitated by electronic health records. This study sought to characterise the trends in billing for high-intensity emergency care among Medicare beneficiaries and to examine...

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