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UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest | Modern Healthcare
A UnitedHealthcare pilot to control rising clinical laboratory costs in Florida has sparked an uprising among physicians and lab companies who say the program is burdensome and unfairly limits competition.  READ MORE
  
Apple to require ethics review for all ResearchKit apps | The Advisory Board
Apple has amended its developer guidelines to require that any app using ResearchKit—the company's open source software platform designed to facilitate clinical trials—get approval from an independent ethics review board. READ MORE 

CEO Power Panel poll finds broad support for value-based pay | Modern Healthcare
More than three-quarters of a representative sample of the nation's top healthcare leadership back the ongoing shift toward value-based payment systems. Yet only 20% are willing to do away completely with the industry's still dominant fee-for-service model.  READ MORE

Health systems hospitalize patients in their homes | The Advisory Board
In an effort to reduce costs and provide higher quality of care, some hospitals are giving patients the option to receive hospital-level treatment from inside their homes rather than admit them as patients in inpatient units, Daniela Lamas reports for the New York Times' "Well" blog. READ MORE

Many five-star hospitals scored low on other measures | Modern Healthcare
A large percentage of hospitals that received Medicare's top five-star rating on patient satisfaction were penalized for excessive readmissions or fared poorly on curbing hospital-acquired conditions, a Modern Healthcare analysis shows.  READ MORE


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