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Study Offers Insight on Strategies to Engage Patients Online

September 18, 2014 01:43 pm — Virginia-based researchers tracked eight primary care practices to identify successful patient portal implementation strategies, finding that portal uptake among the practices ranged from 22.1 percent to 27.9 percent. Specific decisions made at the practice level appeared to explain differences in patient participation and underscored the importance of system and workflow design.

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Does Hospital Consolidation Help or Harm Patients?

Expert Panel Debates Implications of Mergers, Acquisitions on Costs, Care

09/16/2014 — Debate continues regarding ongoing consolidation of hospitals and whether such moves leave patients with less choice and lead to higher costs for essential care. To add to the conversation, the nonpartisan news organization Politico Pro hosted a panel discussion in Washington this week on the effects of hospital consolidation.

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09/17/2014 — Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently reviewed a performance report on accountable care organizations and discussed possible incentives to improve their level of savings.

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09/10/2014 — The AAFP is asking members who have been eliminated from an insurer's provider network or who are experiencing complications with a narrow network to participate in an online survey on the topic. Survey results will be presented to federal officials when AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., of Denver, meets with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., on Sept. 24.

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