‘Life-threatening’ Waves, Currents Possible At Chicago Beaches Today

The National Weather Service is warning people to stay out of the water at Chicago beaches. In other news: Crews will likely start building the project — complete with 25 affordable housing apartments — in June.  Also in the news today: The measure, which would go into effect in 2023, now heads to the Illinois Senate. Also in the news today: Throwback Thursday: Before pools were built at Portage Park, neighbors flocked to a lagoon there.  Also in the news today: A judge ruled that city officials must allow members of the public to weigh in at council meetings.  

 
 
 

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'Life-threatening' Waves, Currents Possible At Chicago Beaches Today  
‘Life-threatening’ Waves, Currents Possible At Chicago Beaches Today

The National Weather Service is warning people to stay out of the water at Chicago beaches.

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Humboldt Park's Huge New Homeless Facility Gets $3.5 Million In City TIF  
Humboldt Park’s Huge New Homeless Facility Gets $3.5 Million In City TIF

Crews will likely start building the project — complete with 25 affordable housing apartments — in June.

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Elected School Board Approved By Illinois House — Again  
Elected School Board Approved By Illinois House — Again

The measure, which would go into effect in 2023, now heads to the Illinois Senate.

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Portage Park Once Drew Swimmers With A Natural Lagoon  
Portage Park Once Drew Swimmers With A Natural Lagoon

Throwback Thursday: Before pools were built at Portage Park, neighbors flocked to a lagoon there.

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10 Chicagoans Would Get 3 Minutes To Speak At Council Meetings Under Plan  
10 Chicagoans Would Get 3 Minutes To Speak At Council Meetings Under Plan

A judge ruled that city officials must allow members of the public to weigh in at council meetings.

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| 05.25.17 | Mount Sinai’s new population health tool: Free legal services

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Today’s Rundown

  1. Mount Sinai Health System forges new partnership to offer free legal services for its most vulnerable patients
  2. Hospital study shows how bacteria spreads among patients, staff, surfaces
  3. CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains
  4. Report: Scope of Universal Health Services investigations widens to include multiple federal agencies
  5. Department of Justice arrests 4 in insider trading scheme involving information from CMS

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Mount Sinai Health System forges new partnership to offer free legal services for its most vulnerable patients

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Social factors often determine the health outcomes of patients, and more hospitals have made efforts to connect patients to necessary services, such as housing, food and transportation to medical appointments. But one New York health system is now addressing another unmet need for its most vulnerable and indigent patients: free legal services. Mount Sinai Health System recently launched the Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership, an independent nonprofit organization, to address unmet needs of their patients who live well below the poverty line.

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Hospital study shows how bacteria spreads among patients, staff, surfaces

Thursday, May 25, 2017 A new study that mapped the spread of bacteria in a hospital’s first year of existence will help healthcare leaders better understand the dynamics of a hospital’s microbiome and actions they can take to decrease harmful contact.


CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Though the Congressional Budget Office projects that millions could lose their insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act, Republican leaders are focusing on the good news in the report: deficit reductions and lower premiums. Meanwhile, industry groups say those potential positives don’t change their concerns about the costs of so many Americans losing their insurance.


Report: Scope of Universal Health Services investigations widens to include multiple federal agencies

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Allegations that UHS promotes holding patients longer than necessary to maximize profits have reportedly spawned an investigation by multiple federal agencies.


Department of Justice arrests 4 in insider trading scheme involving information from CMS

Thursday, May 25, 2017 The DOJ announced four arrests in an insider trading scheme based on confidential information obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

News of Note

The University of Chicago Medicine received a $100 million donation, the largest single gift in its history, to research how the immune system, bacteria in the body and genetics can work together to keep people healthy. Chicago Tribune article Cleveland Clinic announced that it has signed a letter of intent for Union Hospital to join its health system. Representatives of Cleveland Clinic and the Union Hospital Board of Trustees will begin the process to finalize a definitive agreement and seek regulatory approvals so that Union Hospital can become part of Cleveland Clinic no later than Jan. 1, 2018. Announcement Calais Regional Hospital will close its obstetrics department, a move that will leave Maine’s Washington County with just one hospital fully equipped to deliver newborns. Bangor Daily News article

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[Whitepaper] Confidence in the Cloud: Insurers Make the Leap for Business Agility

Presented By: Oracle In this white paper, we explore the insurance industry’s shift from rejecting the cloud to moving its most important business functions and sensitive data to the cloud along with the strategic benefits of cloud solutions in the insurance industry.


[Whitepaper] Digital Transformation Piece by Piece: A Game Plan for the Unshakable Healthcare Payer

Presented By: Oracle Companies capable of moving swiftly will manage to stay profitable. That’s why digital transformation must be the top priority for health insurers. In this white paper, we offer a practical strategy for healthcare payers to transform their organizations cost effectively with minimal risk: one component at a time.


[Whitepaper] Reduce Medical Loss Ratio by Straight-Through-Processing with Oracle Health Insurance Components

Presented By: Oracle With the steady increase of healthcare costs, health insurance payers are faced with a multitude of new challenges. Learn how Oracle Health Insurance Components can boost auto-adjudication and give you the flexibility you require to achieve operational excellence.


[Marketplace] Blair’s Health Plan Raised Its Medicare Rating from 3 to 4 Stars

Presented By: Geneia Is your health plan still using expensive, one-off tactics like mobile mammograms and ‘chart chasing’ to improve your Medicare Star rating? Geneia’s advanced analytics offers a proven, better way to achieve a rating of 4 or more stars. Learn how.


[Whitepaper] 7 Healthcare Trends Impacting Today’s Clinical Leaders

Presented By: B.E. Smith With demand for clinical executives increasing and finding these key leaders becoming more challenging, senior executives are shifting their focus to developing talent already in the organization. This latest industry report examines how healthcare providers are building their clinical leadership pipeline from within the organization.


[Whitepaper] Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care

Presented By: MCG MCG, part of the Hearst Health network and a leading provider of informed care strategies, offers a complimentary white paper download: Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care by Angela Askren, RN, MSN, CNC.


[Whitepaper] Six gray areas of HIPAA you can’t ignore

Sponsored by: Scrypt This guide exists to shed some light on some of the ‘gray areas’ of HIPAA. This guide will help anyone concerned with HIPAA compliance gain a better understanding of the areas which may be a cause for confusion or concern.


[Whitepaper] Mobile health & HIPAA: Playing it safe in 2017

Sponsored by: Scrypt Is texting putting your business at risk for a HIPAA violation? The following steps are intended to help organizations appropriately manage the use of mobile devices in the healthcare setting.


[Whitepaper] 5 Supply Chain Leader Traits and Why You Need Them to Survive in Today’s Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Presented By: Cardinal Health Industry trends like personalized medicine and healthcare consumerism are changing how care is delivered and received, which will continue challenging the healthcare supply chain. Download this complimentary Whitepaper to learn five traits that supply chain professionals must develop in order to succeed.


[eBook] Managing Purchasing and Accounts in a Changing Provider Landscape

Sponsored By: American Express As providers continue to invest in new revenue opportunities, such as “microhospitals" and mergers, new challenges are presented. Download this eBook today to learn about best practices, and review case studies for managing today’s complex supply chain and accounts payable processes.


[eBook] Develop Happy Employees Who Deliver the Best Care (And Keep Them).

Presented By: HealthStream The level of employee engagement in your organization can impact everything from your patient experience to your clinical outcomes. But how can you create a culture that not only keeps employees engaged, but inspires them to deliver the best care? Download our free eBook with valuable information on this important issue facing healthcare leaders.


[Whitepaper] The Paperless Future of Healthcare and Life Sciences

Sponsored By: DocuSign DocuSign’s eSignature solutions modernize healthcare and life science organizations by eliminating paper and antiquated signature processes while meeting compliance requirements and reducing costs and errors.


[Whitepaper] DocuSign Life Sciences eBook: Reducing Cycle Time with Digital Transaction Management

Sponsored By: DocuSign The patients who rely on your scientific leadership are expecting more.


[Whitepaper] Streamline Regulatory Compliance in Life Sciences with Digital Transaction Management

Sponsored By: DocuSign The U.S. Department of Justice has collected upwards of $17 billion in settlements from the healthcare industry since 2009, including more than $2 billion from a single life sciences company.


[Whitepaper] Enabling Payer and Provider Collaboration in the Journey Toward Quality Care

Presented By: MedeAnalytics Today’s healthcare landscape is changing. Whether that change comes from new reimbursement models, provider consolidation, or consumerism, all players in the healthcare ecosystem must focus on delivering a satisfying healthcare experience at a reasonable cost.


[Whitepaper] 2017 Trends Report: A Year of Challenges & Opportunity

Presented By: B.E. Smith 66% of executives are concerned about the healthcare workforce. So why do two-thirds have a positive outlook for 2017? A new report highlights the challenges and reasons for optimism.

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| 05.25.17 | Physician leaders: 4 keys to MACRA success

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  1. Physician leaders: 4 keys to MACRA success
  2. Texas psychiatrist latest person convicted in $158M Riverside Medicare fraud scheme
  3. Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care
  4. Mount Sinai Health System forges new partnership to offer free legal services for its most vulnerable patients
  5. CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

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Physician leaders: 4 keys to MACRA success

Thursday, May 25, 2017 MACRA is changing healthcare with a new payment system that rewards participating Medicare doctors for the quality of outcomes they demonstrate. The program will present challenges for physician practices, Anne Phelps, principal and U.S. healthcare regulatory leader at Deloitte, told FierceHealthcare.

Top Stories


Texas psychiatrist latest person convicted in $158M Riverside Medicare fraud scheme

Thursday, May 25, 2017 A Houston-area psychiatrist is the latest person convicted for his role in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme in which patients were admitted into intensive psychiatric programs. After a five-day trial, Riaz Mazcuri, 65, of Harris County, Texas, was convicted by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and five counts of healthcare fraud, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 A virtual electronic health record (EHR) is helping medical residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine navigate the complexities of providing healthcare to geriatric patients.


Mount Sinai Health System forges new partnership to offer free legal services for its most vulnerable patients

Friday, May 19, 2017 Social factors often determine the health outcomes of patients, and more hospitals have made efforts to connect patients to necessary services, such as housing, food and transportation to medical appointments. But one New York health system is now addressing another unmet need for its most vulnerable and indigent patients: free legal services. Mount Sinai Health System recently launched the Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership, an independent nonprofit organization, to address unmet needs of their patients who live well below the poverty line.


CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Though the Congressional Budget Office projects that millions could lose their insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act, Republican leaders are focusing on the good news in the report: deficit reductions and lower premiums. Meanwhile, industry groups say those potential positives don’t change their concerns about the costs of so many Americans losing their insurance.

News of Note

Some surgeons are posting procedures on social media. While useful in educating patients, one doctor warns about crossing an ethical line. KGUN9 report Female physicians get called “doctor" less often than their male colleagues, including when introduced at internal medicine grand rounds, said Julia Files, M.D., physician and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale. Journal of Women’s Health study A study released this week found that the reason patients gave for wanting to end their lives using assisted suicide had more to do with psychological suffering than physical suffering. New England Journal of Medicine study

Resources


[Whitepaper] Confidence in the Cloud: Insurers Make the Leap for Business Agility

Presented By: Oracle In this white paper, we explore the insurance industry’s shift from rejecting the cloud to moving its most important business functions and sensitive data to the cloud along with the strategic benefits of cloud solutions in the insurance industry.


[Whitepaper] Digital Transformation Piece by Piece: A Game Plan for the Unshakable Healthcare Payer

Presented By: Oracle Companies capable of moving swiftly will manage to stay profitable. That’s why digital transformation must be the top priority for health insurers. In this white paper, we offer a practical strategy for healthcare payers to transform their organizations cost effectively with minimal risk: one component at a time.


[Whitepaper] Reduce Medical Loss Ratio by Straight-Through-Processing with Oracle Health Insurance Components

Presented By: Oracle With the steady increase of healthcare costs, health insurance payers are faced with a multitude of new challenges. Learn how Oracle Health Insurance Components can boost auto-adjudication and give you the flexibility you require to achieve operational excellence.


[Marketplace] Blair’s Health Plan Raised Its Medicare Rating from 3 to 4 Stars

Presented By: Geneia Is your health plan still using expensive, one-off tactics like mobile mammograms and ‘chart chasing’ to improve your Medicare Star rating? Geneia’s advanced analytics offers a proven, better way to achieve a rating of 4 or more stars. Learn how.


[Whitepaper] Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care

Presented By: MCG MCG, part of the Hearst Health network and a leading provider of informed care strategies, offers a complimentary white paper download: Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care by Angela Askren, RN, MSN, CNC.


[Whitepaper] Six gray areas of HIPAA you can’t ignore

Sponsored by: Scrypt This guide exists to shed some light on some of the ‘gray areas’ of HIPAA. This guide will help anyone concerned with HIPAA compliance gain a better understanding of the areas which may be a cause for confusion or concern.


[Whitepaper] Mobile health & HIPAA: Playing it safe in 2017

Sponsored by: Scrypt Is texting putting your business at risk for a HIPAA violation? The following steps are intended to help organizations appropriately manage the use of mobile devices in the healthcare setting.


[Whitepaper] The Paperless Future of Healthcare and Life Sciences

Sponsored By: DocuSign DocuSign’s eSignature solutions modernize healthcare and life science organizations by eliminating paper and antiquated signature processes while meeting compliance requirements and reducing costs and errors.


[Whitepaper] DocuSign Life Sciences eBook: Reducing Cycle Time with Digital Transaction Management

Sponsored By: DocuSign The patients who rely on your scientific leadership are expecting more.


[Whitepaper] Streamline Regulatory Compliance in Life Sciences with Digital Transaction Management

Sponsored By: DocuSign The U.S. Department of Justice has collected upwards of $17 billion in settlements from the healthcare industry since 2009, including more than $2 billion from a single life sciences company.

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| 05.25.17 | Digital health experts respond to $313M FDA user fee increase

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May 25, 2017 Subscribe Our Team Contact Us
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Today’s Rundown

  1. Trump’s budget would add $313M to medical device user fees, but Congress is unlikely to follow through
  2. AMIA sees internet access as a social determinant of health
  3. MGH doctor: To make EHRs less burdensome, focus on value-based payments
  4. Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care

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Trump’s budget would add $313M to medical device user fees, but Congress is unlikely to follow through

Thursday, May 25, 2017 President Donald Trump wants to increase FDA medical device user fees by more than $300 million in 2018, a move that has raised muted concern—and some bewilderment—from the digital health and medical technology industries as lawmakers prepare to vote on a new user fee reauthorization bill. Under Trump’s proposed budget, medical device user fees would jump to $439 billion in 2018, more than three times the current levels.

Top Stories


AMIA sees internet access as a social determinant of health

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Education, socioeconomic status, housing insecurity and education are among the well-established social determinants of health. One informatics association believes internet access should be included as well. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged the federal agency to take steps to improve internet access for certain populations to allow for widespread use of health technology.


MGH doctor: To make EHRs less burdensome, focus on value-based payments

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Widespread implementation of EHRs has left the majority of physicians spending more time at a keyboard than with patients. A massive shift toward paying for value over volume could relieve that burden. Although physician practices and hospitals have turned to several short-term solutions, a significant shift toward value-based payments will force EHRs to evolve to a more patient-centered tool.


Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care

Thursday, May 25, 2017 A virtual electronic health record (EHR) is helping medical residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine navigate the complexities of providing healthcare to geriatric patients.

News of Note

Digital health futurist Maneesh Juneja offered an honest and deeply personal account about how his perspective of digital health has changed following his sister’s death three months ago. Juneja noted that for all the improvements new technology can make in healthcare, it can never replace the human touch. Blog post Lucia Savage, former ONC chief privacy officer and current chief privacy and regulatory officer at Omada Health, was none too pleased to see that her old office was being dissolved in ONC’s budget, lamenting on Twitter that privacy and security aren’t given the same priority as other health IT issues. Tweet Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil said the AHCA will “derail" precision medicine research and access to health data if patients are scared to share their genetic information out of fear they will be classified with a pre-existing condition. NewCo Shift post

Resources


[Whitepaper] Confidence in the Cloud: Insurers Make the Leap for Business Agility

Presented By: Oracle In this white paper, we explore the insurance industry’s shift from rejecting the cloud to moving its most important business functions and sensitive data to the cloud along with the strategic benefits of cloud solutions in the insurance industry.


[Whitepaper] Digital Transformation Piece by Piece: A Game Plan for the Unshakable Healthcare Payer

Presented By: Oracle Companies capable of moving swiftly will manage to stay profitable. That’s why digital transformation must be the top priority for health insurers. In this white paper, we offer a practical strategy for healthcare payers to transform their organizations cost effectively with minimal risk: one component at a time.


[Whitepaper] Reduce Medical Loss Ratio by Straight-Through-Processing with Oracle Health Insurance Components

Presented By: Oracle With the steady increase of healthcare costs, health insurance payers are faced with a multitude of new challenges. Learn how Oracle Health Insurance Components can boost auto-adjudication and give you the flexibility you require to achieve operational excellence.


[Marketplace] Blair’s Health Plan Raised Its Medicare Rating from 3 to 4 Stars

Presented By: Geneia Is your health plan still using expensive, one-off tactics like mobile mammograms and ‘chart chasing’ to improve your Medicare Star rating? Geneia’s advanced analytics offers a proven, better way to achieve a rating of 4 or more stars. Learn how.


[Whitepaper] Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care

Presented By: MCG MCG, part of the Hearst Health network and a leading provider of informed care strategies, offers a complimentary white paper download: Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care by Angela Askren, RN, MSN, CNC.


[Whitepaper] Six gray areas of HIPAA you can’t ignore

Sponsored by: Scrypt This guide exists to shed some light on some of the ‘gray areas’ of HIPAA. This guide will help anyone concerned with HIPAA compliance gain a better understanding of the areas which may be a cause for confusion or concern.


[Whitepaper] Mobile health & HIPAA: Playing it safe in 2017

Sponsored by: Scrypt Is texting putting your business at risk for a HIPAA violation? The following steps are intended to help organizations appropriately manage the use of mobile devices in the healthcare setting.


[eBook] Managing Purchasing and Accounts in a Changing Provider Landscape

Sponsored By: American Express As providers continue to invest in new revenue opportunities, such as “microhospitals" and mergers, new challenges are presented. Download this eBook today to learn about best practices, and review case studies for managing today’s complex supply chain and accounts payable processes.


[Whitepaper] 5 Supply Chain Leader Traits and Why You Need Them to Survive in Today’s Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Presented By: Cardinal Health Industry trends like personalized medicine and healthcare consumerism are changing how care is delivered and received, which will continue challenging the healthcare supply chain. Download this complimentary Whitepaper to learn five traits that supply chain professionals must develop in order to succeed.  


[Whitepaper] The Paperless Future of Healthcare and Life Sciences

Sponsored By: DocuSign DocuSign’s eSignature solutions modernize healthcare and life science organizations by eliminating paper and antiquated signature processes while meeting compliance requirements and reducing costs and errors.


[Whitepaper] DocuSign Life Sciences eBook: Reducing Cycle Time with Digital Transaction Management

Sponsored By: DocuSign The patients who rely on your scientific leadership are expecting more.


[Whitepaper] Streamline Regulatory Compliance in Life Sciences with Digital Transaction Management

Sponsored By: DocuSign The U.S. Department of Justice has collected upwards of $17 billion in settlements from the healthcare industry since 2009, including more than $2 billion from a single life sciences company.

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| 05.25.17 | In wake of blistering CBO report, industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

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Today’s Rundown

  1. CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains
  2. CBO releases score for Republican healthcare bill, estimates that 23M will lose insurance by 2026
  3. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City exits exchanges, leaving some with no health plan options
  4. [Sponsored] Simplifying Contract Performance Monitoring Leads to Value-Based Care Success
  5. Iowa insurance agency agrees to pay local governments $1.3M in overcharged premiums
  6. Texas psychiatrist latest person convicted in $158M Riverside Medicare fraud scheme
  7. Department of Justice arrests 4 in insider trading scheme involving information from CMS

Featured Story


CBO details AHCA impact on marketplace premiums; industry calls on Senate to preserve ACA coverage gains

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Though the Congressional Budget Office projects that millions could lose their insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act, Republican leaders are focusing on the good news in the report: deficit reductions and lower premiums. Meanwhile, industry groups say those potential positives don’t change their concerns about the costs of so many Americans losing their insurance.

Top Stories


CBO releases score for Republican healthcare bill, estimates that 23M will lose insurance by 2026

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office has released its score of the latest version of the American Health Care Act, and it projects that 23 million people will lose insurance coverage by 2026 if the bill becomes law. This is lower than previous estimates, which suggested that 24 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City exits exchanges, leaving some with no health plan options

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will not offer individual Affordable Care Act exchange plans in its 32-county service area in Kansas and Missouri in 2018. That leaves about 19,000 people with no exchange plan choices unless another insurer steps in.


[Sponsored] Simplifying Contract Performance Monitoring Leads to Value-Based Care Success

By: Geneia An advanced analytics platform offers payers a simpler, more effective way to manage value-based contracts and provider performance on quality and cost metrics.


Iowa insurance agency agrees to pay local governments $1.3M in overcharged premiums

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Two Rivers Insurance Co., which is based in Burlington, Iowa, denied allegations that it inflated the amount spent on premiums for plans purchased through Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, but the state’s Insurance Division determined that the group “engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices," according to court documents.


Texas psychiatrist latest person convicted in $158M Riverside Medicare fraud scheme

Thursday, May 25, 2017 A Houston-area psychiatrist is the latest person convicted for his role in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme in which patients were admitted into intensive psychiatric programs. After a five-day trial, Riaz Mazcuri, 65, of Harris County, Texas, was convicted by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and five counts of healthcare fraud, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Department of Justice arrests 4 in insider trading scheme involving information from CMS

Thursday, May 25, 2017 The DOJ announced four arrests in an insider trading scheme based on confidential information obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

News of Note

Health Care Services Corp., which is the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in five states, earned $869 million in profit in the first quarter of 2017, reversing more than $442 million in losses on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Axios article Native Americans could be significantly impacted by being denied expanded Medicaid through the Indian Health Service. STAT article As debate continues to swirl about healthcare reform, California’s public radio station took a dive into the coverage that the state’s congressional representatives have through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. KQED report

Resources


[Whitepaper] Confidence in the Cloud: Insurers Make the Leap for Business Agility

Presented By: Oracle In this white paper, we explore the insurance industry’s shift from rejecting the cloud to moving its most important business functions and sensitive data to the cloud along with the strategic benefits of cloud solutions in the insurance industry.


[Whitepaper] Digital Transformation Piece by Piece: A Game Plan for the Unshakable Healthcare Payer

Presented By: Oracle Companies capable of moving swiftly will manage to stay profitable. That’s why digital transformation must be the top priority for health insurers. In this white paper, we offer a practical strategy for healthcare payers to transform their organizations cost effectively with minimal risk: one component at a time.


[Whitepaper] Reduce Medical Loss Ratio by Straight-Through-Processing with Oracle Health Insurance Components

Presented By: Oracle With the steady increase of healthcare costs, health insurance payers are faced with a multitude of new challenges. Learn how Oracle Health Insurance Components can boost auto-adjudication and give you the flexibility you require to achieve operational excellence.


[Webinar] Best practices for using in-home assessments to improve health outcomes

Presented By: Quest Diagnostics

  1. In this 30-minute discussion, learn about three best practices your health plan can implement to ensure in-home assessments support improved health outcomes, as well as more accurate identification of member conditions for risk adjustment and HEDIS submissions.

[Marketplace] Blair’s Health Plan Raised Its Medicare Rating from 3 to 4 Stars

Presented By: Geneia Is your health plan still using expensive, one-off tactics like mobile mammograms and ‘chart chasing’ to improve your Medicare Star rating? Geneia’s advanced analytics offers a proven, better way to achieve a rating of 4 or more stars. Learn how.


[Whitepaper] Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care

Presented By: MCG MCG, part of the Hearst Health network and a leading provider of informed care strategies, offers a complimentary white paper download: Preventing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Transitions of Care by Angela Askren, RN, MSN, CNC.


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The Ultimate Map Of Chicago’s Craft Beer Scene: How Many Have You Tried?

CHICAGO'S CRAFT BEER ATLAS: Looking for a tour? Or just your next favorite IPA? Our map can guide you. In other news: The loss of 8,638 people was the largest of any American city last year.  Also in the news today: Ald. Lopez slammed the flyers found in Pullman, Roseland and on the West Side. Also in the news today: The citywide collection of household items for veterans runs from Memorial Day through 4th of July.  Also in the news today: To stop a dive in ridership, Metra is looking to shift more trains to Hyde Park.  

 
 
 

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The Ultimate Map Of Chicago's Craft Beer Scene: How Many Have You Tried?  
The Ultimate Map Of Chicago’s Craft Beer Scene: How Many Have You Tried?

CHICAGO'S CRAFT BEER ATLAS: Looking for a tour? Or just your next favorite IPA? Our map can guide you.

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America's Shrinking City: Chicago's Population Decline Continued In 2016  
America’s Shrinking City: Chicago’s Population Decline Continued In 2016

The loss of 8,638 people was the largest of any American city last year.

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'Racist' Flyers Urge Black Chicagoans To Help Deport Latino Neighbors  
‘Racist’ Flyers Urge Black Chicagoans To Help Deport Latino Neighbors

Ald. Lopez slammed the flyers found in Pullman, Roseland and on the West Side.

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Getting Homeless Vets Back On Their Feet The Goal Of Operation Help-A-Hero  
Getting Homeless Vets Back On Their Feet The Goal Of Operation Help-A-Hero

The citywide collection of household items for veterans runs from Memorial Day through 4th of July.

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Metra Trains Would Stop In Hyde Park Every 20 Minutes Under New Plan  
Metra Trains Would Stop In Hyde Park Every 20 Minutes Under New Plan

To stop a dive in ridership, Metra is looking to shift more trains to Hyde Park.

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Luxury news: Engineer an adventure for Dad

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May 25, 2017
Engineer an adventure for Dad
A tour of automobile factories in Italy or working on the railroad out West would be more memorable Father’s Day gifts than another tie.
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Belmond acquires Cap Juluca
The luxury resort on Anguilla will undergo a renovation and expansion.
Delfin launches third Amazon vessel
The Delfin III sails the Peruvian Amazon through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
New fitness-oriented cruise line planned
Blue World Voyages plans an all-suite, 350-passenger vessel with “the most comprehensive sports/wellness complex at sea."
Dream Hotel Group unveils locations for new properties
The hotels will include the company’s first two in the Caribbean, Time and Unscripted properties that are due to open in the Dominican Republic in 2019.
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Surprising sylvan elegance: Belize’s Blancaneaux Lodge
The resort is an earthy oasis in the midst of a vast protected forest. The weather conditions and landscape are nothing that you would expect from Belize: low humidity, pine trees and oaks, rocky paths, mountain streams.
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River cruise news: The extra-wide ship seal has been broken

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Are extra-wide river cruise vessels with larger staterooms and more onboard amenities the next big river cruise trend?
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AmaWaterways building Europe’s largest river cruise ship
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The Ultimate Map Of Chicago’s Craft Beer Scene: How Many Have You Tried?

CHICAGO'S CRAFT BEER ATLAS: Looking for a tour? Or just your next favorite IPA? Our map can guide you. In other news: Developers are buying long-vacant buildings and planning market-rate apartments.  Also in the news today: The loss of 8,638 people is the largest of any American city. Also in the news today: Amtrak and City Hall have picked a developer for the ambitious $1 billion project near the Loop.  Also in the news today: Wicker Park's main intersection needs a nickname, but not THAT nickname, an official said.  Also in the news today: The Castle's southeast turret is being held together by steel bands until a long-term solution is found. Also in the news today: Ald. Lopez slammed the flyers found in Pullman, Roseland and on the West Side.  

 
 
 

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The Ultimate Map Of Chicago's Craft Beer Scene: How Many Have You Tried?  
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The Ultimate Map Of Chicago’s Craft Beer Scene: How Many Have You Tried?

CHICAGO'S CRAFT BEER ATLAS: Looking for a tour? Or just your next favorite IPA? Our map can guide you.

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Developers Bet On Rising Rents In South Shore When Obama Library Comes  
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Developers Bet On Rising Rents In South Shore When Obama Library Comes

Developers are buying long-vacant buildings and planning market-rate apartments.

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America's Shrinking City: Chicago's Population Decline Continued In 2016  
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America’s Shrinking City: Chicago’s Population Decline Continued In 2016

The loss of 8,638 people is the largest of any American city.

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Union Station Redevelopment Includes 5 New Towers, Food Hall, Rooftop Plaza  
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Union Station Redevelopment Includes 5 New Towers, Food Hall, Rooftop Plaza

Amtrak and City Hall have picked a developer for the ambitious $1 billion project near the Loop.

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Stop Calling Wicker Park's Main Intersection 'The Crotch,' Alderman Says  
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Stop Calling Wicker Park’s Main Intersection ‘The Crotch,’ Alderman Says

Wicker Park's main intersection needs a nickname, but not THAT nickname, an official said. 

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Beverly's Irish Castle Gets A Band-Aid Fix To It's Main Turret  
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Beverly’s Irish Castle Gets A Band-Aid Fix To It’s Main Turret

The Castle's southeast turret is being held together by steel bands until a long-term solution is found.

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'Racist' Flyers Urge Black Chicagoans To Help Deport Latino Neighbors  
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‘Racist’ Flyers Urge Black Chicagoans To Help Deport Latino Neighbors

Ald. Lopez slammed the flyers found in Pullman, Roseland and on the West Side.

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