Payers and providers continue aligning to form mega health systems. For example, HealthPartners, the third largest insurer in Minnesota, is merging with health system Park Nicollet Health Services.
With Medicare payments soon to be tied in part to patient satisfaction scores, hospitals are testing myriad methods to keep patients happy. One enterprising facility, Park Nicollet Health Service in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, uses text messaging to identify how patients feel about their hospital stay, and track down the source of any unpleasant experiences.
As 10 medical groups concluded year four of the CMS physician group practice pay-for-performance demonstration project, the agency announced that the participants had saved $38.7 million in Medicare
Park Nicollet Health Services has announced that it will become the first healthcare system in Minnesota to require its physicians to publicly disclose their relationships with pharmaceutical and