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A Hard Truth about American Health Care

Welcome to the latest #DataRX Report, a weekly digest of interesting news and trending topics in the healthcare industry. Every Friday we're pulling together the best articles and insights to keep payors and providers informed, engaged and up to date on the headlines that are impacting the industry. 


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Toe Ointment, a $937 bill, and a hard truth about American health care
For many patients and parents, the emergency room may be the only option (due to day of the week or timing) but it comes with a hefty--and often outrageous--price. Vox digs in to the structural issues at play.

Prescription for Payors

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Humana Launches Maternity Care Bundled Payment Model
As some of the most common reasons for hospitalizations in the U.S., pregnancy and childbirth are a particularly good fit for a bundled payment model. Here’s how Humana’s making it happen.

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California’s ambitious plan to regulate health prices, explained
In response to the wild variations in healthcare prices (not to mention quality!) we’ve already highlighted, the state of California is trying to step in.


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High-Deductible Health Plan, HSA Enrollment Reached 21M in 2017
High-deductible health plans and health savings accounts are expected to continue to grow in the near future, but why? AHIP suggests that older working adults are using these plans to prepare for retirement.

Prescription for Providers

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Two Things to Know About the Patient as the New Healthcare Payer
Patient out-of-pocket costs have tripled in the last 10 years. Jonathan Wilk, principal healthcare strategy for TransUnion, suggests two pieces of advice for healthcare executives to consider.


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30% of physician practices to replace their EHR within 3 years, Black Book says
Why are 30% of physician practices looking to replace their EHR in the next few years? Black Book found that many practices are seeking a more customizable and integrated EHR.

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Applying the Pareto Principle to your Cloud Strategy
You want to transition to the cloud but don’t know where to start. Our very own, Paul Boal, has three easy steps to get you started. 

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