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Hospital-urgent care partnership reduces overcrowded ED

In an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency departments, many hospitals look to shift patients who don't have critical or life-threatening conditions to more appropriate care settings. One Massachusetts hospital's recent partnership with an urgent care center shows promise that other hospitals and healh systems may want to consider.  

Census survey changes could hide ACA effects

The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the  New York Times.

Census survey changes may hide reform law effects

The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.

3 trends fueling retail clinic expansion

Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the  Washington Post  reports

Frustrated by inconsistent care coordination? ACP offers help

The American College of Physicians (ACP) this week released a toolkit to help improve communication and coordination between primary care and subspecialist physicians. As an observer, it's...

More states turn to ACOs to hold down Medicaid costs

Colorado was one of the first states to launch an accountable care-like model in 2011 to rein in Medicaid costs while improving quality of care. But other states are now following the Centennial State's lead. States across the country are either joining Medicaid ACO demonstration projects, in the middle of a pilot program or looking to start one,  MedPage Today  reported.

Obesity coverage could cut chronic condition costs

More than nine months since the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, federal law still forbids Medicare from covering obesity medications. But coverage of obesity under Medicare and other insurance plans could slow the rate of chronic diseases and reduce the long-term costs of obesity-related chronic conditions.

Consumers confused about what preventive care means

Now that insurers must cover preventive care, many consumers are seeking what they believe to be preventive care services from their doctors but find they're getting billed. So insurers and doctors are trying to educate and explain what constitutes preventive care, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Seasonal employees may lose coverage

Thousands of variable-hour employees--workers whose hours change on a weekly or seasonal basis--could soon lose their healthcare benefits, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Va. Medicaid expansion draws insurer support

In Virginia, the debate regarding Medicaid expansion continues, reports the Associated Press. If the state decides to expand Medicaid to about 400,000 low-income residents, those eligible will have private insurance paid for with federal funds.