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    People say they want healthier items on teh menu yet it seems they loose interest once it is offered. Yet it remains our responisibility not only to offer healthy options but also incentivize their consumption. I may not have a final answer for this dilemma, but I have some suggestions that will hopefully lead to better results.

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:46:00 -0500

The Medicare Advantage program is emerging as an entry point for healthcare providers seeking to establish their own health plans, such as UNC Health Care and Catholic Healthcare Initiatives.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:38:00 -0500

Healthcare providers are discovering strategic opportunities with large employers that are self-insured, but they need to be willing to partner more directly with payers and employers.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:52:00 -0500

The recent reaffirmation of mandatory disclosures of all medical malpractice payments has left physicians in Oregon and Massachusetts concerned that it will quash laws crafted in those states for mediated settlements.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:47:00 -0500

Healthcare leaders are finding that consumer-ready technologies can help patients right where they are.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:52:00 -0500

Fueled by patient demand and advances in technology, the construction of costly proton beam centers is picking up steam. Insurers are paying for limited applications.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:44:00 -0500

How much physicians get paid is increasingly determined by a formula that penalizes doctors whose patients are more expensive—even when those higher costs stem from services that other doctors perform, according to a new report.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:40:00 -0500

Misconnected IV, drug, and feeding tubes are expected to be less likely when new tubing connector standards, now in development, are in widespread use, The Joint Commission says.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:37:00 -0500

Cardiovascular services are crucial revenue generators for healthcare organizations, and population health figures to play a big role in future cardiac investments. Four senior healthcare leaders discuss how population health fits in with their cardiovascular service line, and where they are making CV investments.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

California's latest multimillion-dollar attempt to build a statewide health information exchange aims to shave healthcare costs and improve care, but its leaders face a long-term funding challenge.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:52:00 -0500

Nearly 70% of organizations searched for a family medicine physician in 2013. The percentage of primary care positions that go unfilled every year "continues to be a problem," says an Association of Staff Physician Recruiters executive.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:33:00 -0500

To expand a program which promises cost savings to employers, Cleveland Clinic is creating a network of organizations "[known to] function with high quality for patients having standard cardiac operations." Its latest deal puts it in the New York market.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:00 -0500

The agreement reached between the Department of Justice and not-for-profit Carondelet Health Network to resolve whistleblower allegations is Arizona's largest False Claims Act recovery, says the US Attorney handling the case.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:44:00 -0500

As the healthcare industry moves away from a fee-for-service model, providers, payers, and vendors are assessing whether their brands are fit for the consumer-driven future and making changes.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:35:00 -0500

Rising numbers of women in higher education and a growing desire among healthcare workers for work/life balance are fueling physician assistant job growth. But the head of a PA industry group says the lack of diversity among PAs is "disturbing."

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:52:00 -0500

The data affected was non-medical patient identification data related to Community Health Systems' physician practice operations and does not include patient credit card, medical, or clinical information, CHS says.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:41:00 -0500

With one CDC official saying "we have truly entered a post-antibiotic era," the agency is urging hospitals to develop effective antibiotic stewardship programs to save lives and money.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:32:00 -0500

Healthcare organizations "are coming to the realization as they transform from the fee-for-service to fee-for-value environment that they don't have the skills and capabilities and resources and experiences necessary to successfully do that transition," says an industry analyst.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:24:00 -0500

The historically adversarial relationship between providers and payers is shifting toward cautious cooperation as both sides recognize that they must implement structural and strategic changes to ensure their mutual survival.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:48:00 -0500

Deriving revenue from patient education, behavioral health treatment, and ambulatory care is a hot topic  among more than 40 chief financial officers attending HealthLeaders Media's fourth annual CFO Exchange.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:42:00 -0500

Big companies are taking a broad range of actions to cut spending on employee healthcare benefits. That means higher costs for workers, a push for more consumer engagement, and greater use of telemedicine.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:53:44 -0500

The Affordable Care Act is having a lasting impact on small businesses, affecting how owners make decisions about hiring and managing staff, upgrading equipment and more.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:04:15 -0500

With just over three weeks left to choose new coverage in the health law marketplaces, deciphering the complex system of subsidies remains a key challenge for many would-be insurance customers.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:47:12 -0600

A WSJ reporter followed a group of families and scientists trying to accelerate the development of a drug to treat Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare and fatal cholesterol metabolism disorder known as NPC that strikes primarily children.

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:31:45 -0600

Health law overhaul is affecting millions of Americans. Readers write to the Wall Street Journal to answer the question, "How has the health law affected you?"

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:18:21 -0600

On Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET the Wall Street Journal's Anna Mathews will be joined by Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Mike Stahl, senior vice president at HealthMarkets, and Adam Okun, senior vice president at Frenkel Benefits, to discuss the health law, what it means for consumers and employers, and answer reader questions.

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:27:25 -0600

This is a huge year for the law known as Obamacare. Tell us your story of how the health law has affected you.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:08:45 -0600

Dr. Christopher Austin and the Journal's Health reporter Amy Dockser Marcus took questions about treatments for rare disease during a Reddit AMA.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:35:50 -0600

For years, Christopher P. Austin has been trying to develop a way for science to build a better partnership with patients. Dr. Austin and the Journal’s Amy Dockser Marcus are answering questions now.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:27:34 -0500

Sleep experts say napping done right is good for the brain and our work performance. But what’s the best way to grab some extra zzz’s during the day?

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:12:20 -0500

Physician pay accounts for about 20% of total health-care spending, and in many specialties it has increased much faster than inflation in recent years. Some critics say that’s because most doctors get paid for every service they perform, which creates an incentive to order unnecessary tests and hospitalize people who don’t need it. That critique is the basis for a push to tie physician pay to performance, evaluating doctors on how well they follow procedures for patient care and how well they score on patient satisfaction surveys, among other things. [wsj-poll name="20130611-200308-1747367582" category="topic" size="E"]

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