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  • Healthcare on Aisle 5 - The Rise of the Retail Clinic

    Healthcare on Aisle 5 - The Rise of the Retail Clinic

    Lainie Hardman - Toshiba Learning Center Editor | September 23, 2015


    If you have recently been inside of a major drug store in the last 5 years you have probably encountered a retail clinic. While not at every location, retail clinics, also known as Retail Based Clinics (RBCs) can often be found at major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, and Target. RBCs initially offered basic care for acute conditions but have been expanding their services to include vaccine injections and aiding in the management of chronic conditions. Read More
  • Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

    Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

    Michelle Andrews - NPR | August 05, 2015


    Sure, there's a deductible with your health insurance. But then what's the hospital deductible? Your insurer may have multiple deductibles, and it pays to know which apply when. These questions and answers tackle deductibles, whether an ex-spouse has to pay for an adult child's insurance, and balance billing. Read More
  • Researchers Ask: Is ACO Payment Worth the Time, Effort?

    Researchers Ask: Is ACO Payment Worth the Time, Effort?

    Sheri Porter - AAFP | August 12, 2015


    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) burst onto the health care scene in the past decade, full of promise as a way to help hospitals, physicians and other health care professionals reduce health care costs and improve patient outcomes. And ever since then, researchers have been watching to see if the model delivers on that promise. Read More
  • On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

    On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

    Charles Ornstein - NPR | August 06, 2015


    Dental patients really don't like Western Dental. Not its Anaheim, Calif., clinic: "I hate this place!!!" one reviewer wrote on the rating site Yelp. Or one of its locations in Phoenix: "Learn from my terrible experience and stay far, far away." In fact, the chain of low-cost dental clinics, which has more Yelp reviews than any other health provider, has been repeatedly, often brutally, panned in some 3,000 online critiques — 379 include the word "horrible." Its average rating: 1.8 out of 5 stars. Read More
  • Bundled payment program contracts rise as partners drop out

    Bundled payment program contracts rise as partners drop out

    Henry Powderly - Healthcare Finance | August 14, 2015


    More than 2,100 healthcare providers have passed through the review stage and will begin taking on financial risk in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, the federal agency announced on Thursday. But while CMS celebrated the news as evidence that its move towards value-based payments is gathering momentum, the reality is more than half of providers that originally signed up have dropped out. CMS on Thursday said 360 organizations have directly entered into bundled payment agreements with the agency, and an additional 1,755 providers have partnered with those organizations as of July. But CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt in June said there were more than 7,000 providers in the "at-risk" stage of the BPCI model. Read More