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New proposed ACA-alternative plan calls to 'repeal and replace'

In the words of those who oppose the Affordable Care Act, "the U.S. healthcare system is in need of substantial reform."  This statement comes from the latest installment of proposals to the healthcare reform law. In his "Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Cover and Permanent Fiscal Solvency," Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Opinions Editor at  Forbes  Roy Avik's report highlights the "repeal and replace" approach.

US must produce 1.1 million nurses by 2022 to meet demand

Fifty years after the Nurse Training Act of 1964, and as many of those original nurses retire, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million new  registered nur ses  by 2022 to fill jobs and replace retirees, according to an  announce ment  from the  America n Nurses Association.

3 ways to improve physician engagement

Physician engagement is more important than ever as healthcare shifts in the direction of value-based purchasing models like accountable care organizations (ACOs), John Wallace, vice president and general manager of ACO services at McKesson, writes in Becker's Hospital Review.

Next open enrollment may be more difficult than last year

Last open enrollment period was no walk in the park--plagued by backend issues and other complications, did not get off to a great start. 

The benefits of expanding Medicaid

Medicaid: to expand or not to expand? That is the question for the 24 states who opted out of the 2012 ruling under the Affordable Care Act. But for the 26 states, and the District of Columbia, who chose to extend the option to lower-income residents, the uninsured rate has dropped, while hospital admissions has increased, finds a new  report from PwC's Health Research Institute.

3 reasons insurance premiums won't 'skyrocket' next year

Despite what some media reports have to say, health insurance premiums won't "skyrocket" next year, according to an article by  ConsumerReports. 

Ian Morrison: Private purchasers demand high quality, low costs from providers

Affordability is urgently needed in healthcare and the industry must continue to find innovative ways to constantly improve care while lowering costs for private healthcare purchasers, who drive the market and hold the entire financial margin of the healthcare delivery system, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.  

4 ways to address and embrace constructive conflict

People always advise: Don't shy away from productive conflict. Letting problems fester, in the long run, leads to far more miscommunication and preventable issues. I'm far from alone in having trouble adopting this concept into my own behavior. Both professionally and personally, learning to call foul--at the right time, in the right way--is an area of high anxiety.

How to create compelling incentives for wellness programs

The most effective wellness programs include carefully selected incentives that compel participants to take certain actions or perform certain activities throughout the program, reported  Occupational Health & Safety.

EHRs can 'significantly' increase reimbursement over time

Electronic health records can increase reimbursement without upcoding, according to a study published recently in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.