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Joseph Swedish, Mark Bertolini in spotlight amid insurance industry's merger fever

If mergers amid four of the nation's largest health insurers pan out, it will be in large part due to the work of two men—Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini. And both face formidable challenges during every step of the consolidation process. 

New ONC grants to boost data exchange, population health efforts

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will award $38 million in grant funding to 20 entities to help boost the adoption of health information exchange technology, improve population health strategies and update training materials for use of health IT tools.

3 concerns to address when hiring doctors to work for your hospital

More and more physicians are trading the autonomy of private practice for the security of working in hospital-employed medical groups. Here are three of the challenges hospitals face.   

Payments to NPs, PAs outpace physicians

The industry increasingly is calling upon nonphysician practitioners (NPP) such as physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) to help expand healthcare access and optimize physician efficiency. And according to Medicare billing records, NPPs have certainly stepped up to the plate.

How Henry Ford Health System, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital improved healthcare disparities

The American Hospital Association recognized two hospital systems for making significant strides in reducing healthcare disparities in their communities and improving diversity in their leadership ranks.

Online education to help meet need for sophisticated health IT workforce

There is increasing need for sophisticated technology workers in the industry, and education is one way to meet that need, according to Health and Human Services Department employees Michelle Washko and Jon White.

3 alternatives to live medical interpreters

It's a priority for Sunrise Community Health in Northern Colorado, which serves a large Spanish-speaking population, to provide care for patients in the language they're most comfortable, as it is for other medical groups in the community, according to the Greeley Tribune.

Medical residents happy with work, but will the honeymoon last?

The nation's next generation of physicians--current residents--are remarkably satisfied in terms of compensation, work-life balance and career choices, according to Medscape's 2015 Residents Salary & Debt Report. But it remains to be seen whether residents' happiness will carry over into their careers as practicing physicians.

How Anthem and Cigna went from hostile takeover to friendly merger

When Anthem and Cigna announced a $54.2 billion deal Friday, it marked an abrupt turnaround from where negotiations between the two health insurers stood just a month earlier.

Want better surgeons? Poll their coworkers

Hospitals can improve patient outcomes, teamwork and surgeons' compliance with care quality standards using a performance assessment common among Fortune 500 companies, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.