Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiative: 3 key opportunities August 05, 2016 By By Joseph Smith MD As hospitals begin to search for key post-acute providers and implement new care pathways, providers should be aware of program waivers that afford greater flexibility in determining the most cost-effective care possible to ensure good outcomes for patients within the CJR model. Marilyn Tavenner discusses AHIP’s strategy August 04, 2016 By Aubrey Westgate AHIP’s president and CEO Marilyn Tavenner discusses the association’s top priorities, challenges, and opportunities. Spotlight on superbugs sparks concern over catheter use July 31, 2016 By Richard Roach MD The standard of care for patients unable to drain their bladder is catheter use, but new alternatives reduce risk of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and costs to the healthcare system. Payers, providers eye global growth: What execs should know July 30, 2016 By Karen Appold Health insurers and providers are looking for ways to grow outside of the United States. Here’s a look at some of the tactics that are picking up traction. What health execs should know about Medicare Star Ratings The Medicare Star Ratings program is one way regulators are trying to improve outcomes while reducing costs, but what is really at stake for health plans, and do consumers even care? Ten things health plans, providers should do to combat obesity July 29, 2016 By Karen Appold Obesity affects almost 38% of U.S. adults, according to the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Here’s how plans and providers can create positive change. Four ways providers can use coaching to treat obese patients July 25, 2016 By Aine Cryts Losing weight requires dramatic behavioral and lifestyle changes. Here’s how physicians can get patients on board. Moderate health spending growth expected July 18, 2016 By Tracey Walker Over the next decade, health spending is expected to grow at an average rate of 5.8% per year. What drives patients to medical tourism destinations July 14, 2016 By Karen Appold Find out what drives patients to international destinations for treatments and what these destinations provide. HHS tackles opioid epidemic July 09, 2016 By Tracey Walker HHS is taking formal steps to address opioid addiction, a widely recognized national public health crisis. Find out the policy changes.