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March 14, 2019
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On the Provider Front
Survey examines responsibility for reducing health care costs
Hospitals/health care systems and clinicians shoulder most of the responsibility for reducing health care costs, according to a survey of NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members. Patients can also help but sometimes lack the necessary information or are hampered by reimbursement policies, the survey found.
NEJM Catalyst (3/7) 
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On the Payer Front
UnitedHealth to offer point-of-sale rebates in employer-sponsored plans
All new employer-sponsored UnitedHealth Group insurance plans will feature point-of-sale drug rebates, which are usually used to reduce all subscribers' premiums. The option will be offered to existing clients when contracts are renewed.
Reuters (3/12) 
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How plan CEO wants to speed shift to value
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota CEO Craig Samitt says he wants to be "more forceful" in changing the health care payment structure to value-based from volume-based and suggested setting deadlines to accelerate the process. He also wants to share more data, technology, tools and expertise with health care providers to transform clinical practices and improve outcomes.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/9) 
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HIT Developments
Health IT may be at risk from vulnerabilities in HL7 standards
Researchers at the University of California system warned that many implementations of HL7 standards carry encryption and authentication vulnerabilities, which could leave health care organizations open to cyberattacks. The researchers suggested implementing proper network configuration, security-conscious protocols and network access protections to step up data security.
HITInfrastructure (3/11) 
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Trends in Health Care
Report outlines top 10 patient safety concerns
ECRI Institute's annual safety report revealed that improper management of diagnostic tools and test results within EHRs was the top patient safety concern this year, with physician burnout and mobile health-related patient safety also at the top of the list. "Organizations across the continuum of care are striving to become high-reliability organizations, and part of being highly reliable means staying vigilant and identifying problems proactively," the report stated.
Healthcare IT News (3/11) 
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Health care prices up 13% in metro areas amid lower utilization
A report from the Health Care Cost Institute showed median health care prices in US metro areas climbed 13% from 2012 to 2016 amid a 17% decline in utilization. The findings, based on an analysis of more than 1.8 billion commercial health insurance claims in 112 metro areas, showed areas with high utilization rates tended to have lower prices, while areas with low use had higher prices.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/12),  Becker's Hospital CFO Report (3/12) 
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WEBINAR: 2019 Wage & Hour Outlook
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Women's Growing Economic Power: New Opportunities, Critical Needs
With projected spending power of $18 trillion, women are an increasingly powerful force in today's global economy. Some studies have found that if women enter -- and stay -- in the U.S. workforce at the same rate as Norway, the U.S. economy could grow by $1.6 trillion. Even as their financial power strengthens and their role in the workforce expands, female workers face retirement savings challenges that their male counterparts do not. In the U.S. for example, only three in 10 U.S. women workers are financially on track to retire by the age of 67. How Are Employers Addressing the Female Retirement Savings Gap? Read more.
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