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Briefly Noted

Improving physician behavior probably ranks somewhat lower on hospital priority lists these days than getting ready to avoid penalties for early readmissions, which are mandated by the Affordable Care Act. A study by IMA Consulting says that many hospitals are still not prepared to deal with this. The study cites the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in stating that “nearly half of all general acute care hospitals are at risk of payment reductions.” The penalties are slated to go into effect Oct. 1…. The Supreme Court’s upholding of health reform ensures, at least until November, that adults up to age 26 may stay on their parents’ policies. But UnitedHealthcare, Humana, and Aetna weren’t taking any chances. Before the ruling, they said that they would continue the policy no matter what happens with health reform… States’ Medicaid ACO efforts are at an early stage, as officials grapple with “relatively lengthy planning and implementation processes,” says an issue paper by the Kaiser Family Foundation. “While Medicaid ACOs are a strategy to more directly engage providers and provider communities in improving care, cost-containment is also a significant motivating factor for many states.”

Meetings

2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
6th Semi-Annual Diagnostic Coverage and Reimbursement Conference Boston December 4–5, 2014
Customer Analytics & Engagement in Health Insurance Chicago December 4–5, 2014
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Clinical Quality Assurance Conference Alexandria, VA December 4–5, 2014
9th Semi-Annual Medical Device Coverage and Reimbursement Conference San Diego December 5, 2014
8th Annual Medical Device Clinical Trials Conference Chicago December 8–9, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015