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What you missed while everyone was talking about Obamacare: Part 2.

October 18, 2013

    The Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges continue to dominate the health care headlines, and the government shutdown also drew plenty of attention. The Daily Briefing team is keeping track of the health care news that may have been nudged off the front page, but still matters to the industry.

    Here's a quick roundup of top Daily Briefing stories and research highlights from this week's issue.

    Not just Walgreen: 33 mid-size companies shift workers to private exchanges. (Oct. 17)
    Thirty-three midsize companies have signed up for Mercer's private health insurance exchange, joining a swath of large employers in what some consider "the beginning of an industry trend."

    Why three insurers are eliminating copays, deductibles. (Oct. 16)
    A handful of insurers have reduced patient cost-sharing for preventive medicine based on a growing body of research suggesting that it improves compliance with medication regimens.

    JAMA: The average not-for-profit hospital CEO earns $600k. (Oct. 15)
    CEO compensation at not-for-profit hospitals tends to be determined by patient satisfaction scores, the use of advanced technology, the number of beds, or the proximity to urban areas, rather than on patient outcomes or care quality measures, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    • What changes in hospital reimbursement could mean for hospital leaders' pay. In a Daily Briefing Q&A, John Workman discusses how health care's transition from fee-for-service to value-based purchasing is affecting executive compensation.

    The states where people take the most prescription drugs. (Oct. 16)
    A new Dartmouth Atlas Project study outlines vast prescription variation across the nation, and only about one-third of that variation can be explained by differences in health status.

    Cleveland Clinic helps bring Watson into patient rooms. (Oct. 17)
    Cleveland Clinic is testing out two new diagnosis technologies that use IBM's supercomputer Watson—of "Jeopardy!" fame—to improve patient care and maximize the use of electronic health records.

    Report: Health care has more CEO turnover than any other industry. (Oct. 17)
    The CEO turnover rate is nearly 50% higher in health care than in any other industry that outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas has tracked this year.

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