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Aug 05, 2015

The spotlight on executive compensation packages is about to get more powerful. And for healthcare executives, among the highest-paid in the country, it could result in tough conversations about income inequality and how their pay is justified.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, or when the next fiscal year begins after that date, publicly traded corporations will be required to publish a ratio of how much the CEO makes compared with the median employee, according to a final rule from the...

Aug 05, 2015

Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean has been elected to the board of fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. in a move that some public health experts hope will spur the company to improve the healthiness of its menu.

Dean, 65, was appointed on Monday. He also serves on the board of Wells Fargo & Co. and Navigant Consulting.

San Francisco-based Dignity serves many underserved populations that suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The health system was not...

Aug 05, 2015
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is scheduled to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee Thursday as part of confirming her nomination as assistant secretary for health at HHS.

DeSalvo has served as the fifth leader of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS since January 2014. A typical term as ONC chief has been about two years, but DeSalvo, who has a background in public health as the former health commissioner of New Orleans, was...

Aug 05, 2015

The state of Arizona is launching a technology outreach strategy to help Medicaid beneficiaries better manage their illnesses, including a mobile app. Experts say the initiative's success will vary greatly for a population that might not have smartphones.

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, announced the effort Monday, but released few details other than that the strategy involves the use of apps, texts and an online portal.

Through these channels, patients would receive reminders...

Aug 05, 2015

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

The Chicago Sun-Times: Abortions Won't Drop If Planned Parenthood Loses Federal Funding
If our goal as a society is to reduce the number of abortions, or to end the practice entirely, cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood is one of the last things we should do. If Republicans in Congress take down Planned Parenthood by cutting off the more than $500 million in annual funding it receives — more...

Aug 05, 2015

Health care stories are reported from Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas, Texas and North Carolina.

Stateline: In 40 States, A New Focus On End-Of-Life Care And Counseling
Beginning next year, the federal government will conduct a five-year, 40-state experiment to determine whether there is a better way to help elderly Americans come to grips with terminal illnesses and prepare to die. Last month, the Obama administration announced that 141 hospices across the country will offer...

Aug 05, 2015

According to administration officials, those taxpayers will have to act quickly to address this issue. In other health law news, the latest on the failure of CoOportunity Health and Medicaid expansion efforts in Wisconsin, as well as a report about how much Blue Shield of California owes in Obamacare rebates.

The Associated Press: Tax Filing Problems Could Jeopardize Health Law Aid For 1.8M
About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under...

Aug 04, 2015

A majority of healthcare providers feel the use of metrics and financial penalties linked with patient outcomes harms the quality of care, according to a new report.

As many as 50% of primary-care physicians, 40% of nurse practitioners, and 38% of physician assistants had a negative view of measuring provider performance, according to findings included in a new brief from the Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The perception of quality metrics did not improve...