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  Health Change Bulletin                                                            March 6, 2014
 
 

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  "The game today is, 'He who gets the most primary care doctors wins,'" Travis Singleton, Executive Vice President, Merritt Hawkins
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Average spending for uncomplicated inpatient knee and hip replacements across 36 hospitals in the nine markets (Buffalo, N.Y.; Cleveland; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Lansing, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; and Warren, Mich.) ranged from less than $17,500 to $37,000 when including all services during the inpatient stay and all follow-up care within 30 days of discharge, the study found.

Source: National Institute for Health Care Reform
   
Research
3rd Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey
HIMSS, February 26, 2014
   
News 
  Will the Affordable Care Act spur reform of inmate health care?
PBS Newshour, March 4, 2014

Half of Americans Believe the ACA Contributes to Rising Health Care Costs
ACA International, March 3, 2014

Taxes From A To Z (2014): A is for Affordable Care Act
Forbes, March 3, 2014

4 Reasons That Young Adults Won't Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act

ABC News, March 1, 2014

CBO Assesses Affordable Care Act's Economic Effects
NPR, February 28, 2014

At HIMSS Conference, Patients Emerge as Driving Force for 'Triple Aim' of Health Care
iHealth Beat, February 28, 2014
   
Blogs
Obamacare Effects Account for Most of Income, Spending Increases
Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2014

What to Know About the March 31 Health Insurance Deadline
U.S. News & World Report, March 3, 2014

Tweets
    .@WhiteHouse Expresses Support For Congressional Doc Fix Efforts
Bloomberg BNA, https://twitter.com/BloombergBNA, March 5, 2014
   
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  How can healthcare become more human-centered? Nick Dougherty at TEDxNortheastern

Nick Dougherty, founder of Verbal Applications, shares how a superhero inspired him to take on the villains of poor healthcare communication. When you think of Batman, healthcare probably isn't the first thing that pops into mind. Nick Dougherty hopes to change that. Nick shares his story of how a childhood obsession with the dark knight led him down a path to try to solve the issues plaguing the healthcare system, eventually leading to his creation of Verbal Applications.

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Healthsprocket List 
Opinion Of The ACA, By Whether Individuals Recognize Having Been Affected By One of the Early Provisions- (Affected/Not Affected)

1. Favorable- 34.0%/ 24.7%
2. No Opinion- 25.1%/ 33.9%

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Source: Urban Institute
 
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