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Hospital group: Aetna-Humana merger would lessen Medicare Advantage competition

The American Hospital Association, which already has expressed its concerns about the pending merger between Anthem and Cigna, now has done the same for the Aetna-Humana merger.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation issues grants to improve primary care access

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced its commitment to $1.5 million in grants over the next three years to help various health centers improve patient access to primary care.

Massachusetts health costs rise almost 5%, report finds

Insurers operating in Massachusetts, a closely watched state for its plan to lower costs and provide healthcare for all residents, haven't successfully saved money yet--though they have boosted alternative payments to providers.

How strategic affiliations help rural hospitals stay afloat

Amid an ongoing rural healthcare financial crisis, many providers seek strategic affiliations that allow them to maintain independence, according to  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Layoffs, disaster recovery put hospital CEOs to the test

In an interview with  Becker's Hospital Review,  12 healthcare leaders from across the country discuss the toughest decisions they had to make.

3 ways leaders can shape healthcare quality measures

Amid heated nationwide debate about the most appropriate way to measure healthcare quality, two leading quality experts write in commentary published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association  that there are several steps leaders can take to help develop more timely, accurate and meaningful quality measures. 

Healthcare professionals rarely discuss religion, spirituality in ICU

Although many patients and their families view religion or spirituality as important near the end of life, few surrogate decision-makers and healthcare professionals discuss these considerations during family meetings in intensive care units, according to a study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

High-deductible plans, health savings accounts could repair the ACA

Now that repairing or replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a "realistic possibility," any new plan to fix the healthcare system should feature two key elements: High-deductible plans and health savings accounts, according to an opinion piece published by the  Wall Street Journal.

Insurers: Time is right to enter private exchange business

There's no time like the present for health insurance companies to get into the private exchange business. That's the opinion of many industry experts, and even payers, who believe the private exchange industry is poised for "extreme growth."

Electronic progress notes must be 're-engineered' to be more useful

The clinical notes in electronic health records need to be redesigned to match physicians' workflow and information needs, according to a team University of Missouri researchers.