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Cost, Not Choice, is Top Concern of Health Insurance Customers, Article by Reed Abelson, The New York Times

A recent New York Times article indicated that a “laser focus on price” by health care consumers is resulting in unexpected losses for several of the nation’s top insurers. These findings are consistent with a research brief released in October 2015 by the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the article, while many health insurers continue to turn a profit overall, fewer healthy people are signing up for […]

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Skype with Your Doc? ‘Tele-health’ Shortens Wait Times for Vets in Ventura County, Story by John Ismay, Southern California Public Radio

According to a story published by Southern California Public Radio, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is increasing use of tele-health technology to reduce long wait times for appointments and to alleviate the burden of travel for veterans. As demand for primary care and specialist services continues to grow, the VA plans to expand the services available and the number of veterans using them. The Margolin Group supports physician organizations […]

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Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier, Article by Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that beneficiaries in states that expanded Medicaid insurance to everyone below a certain income threshold (via the Affordable Care Act) appear to be healthier than states that did not. While the study notes that “no two states are exactly the same, of course” and that it is difficult to determine with certainty that Affordable Care Act expansion […]

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Medicare Spending at the End of Life: A Snapshot of Beneficiaries Who Died in 2014 and the Cost of Their Care, Report by Juliette Cubanski and Tricia Neuman, Kaiser Family Foundation

  In a recent report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, researchers found average Medicare per capita spending remains highest for beneficiaries near the end of life. Researchers concluded that they were hopeful “recent change[s] in Medicare payment policy to reimburse physicians for conversations about advance care planning with their patients could bring about changes that better align services delivered with patient preferences and that also potentially reduce the costs […]

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Joanna Horsfall, Co-Founder of The Margolin Group, Invited to Address International Forum of Experts on Breakthrough Behavioral Health Care Model

Joanna Horsfall, Co-Founding Partner of The Margolin Group (TMG), recently addressed an audience of several hundred at the 26th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference in Toronto, Canada. The Conference, that brings together health leaders from academia and from across the healthcare industry for a multi-faceted look at brain health, is a “must-attend” event for those interested in advancing all aspects of brain health. Horsfall’s presentation focused on the success of […]

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Surge in Medicare Advantage Sign-Ups Confounds Expectations, Article by Robert Pear, The New York Times

Contrary to industry expectations and the Congressional Budget Office’s projected 30% drop in enrollment, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have continued to grow in popularity over the last five years. The growth comes despite deep cuts drafted into the Affordable Care Act. Instead, the private Medicare program offered by insurance companies across the nation saw an increase of more than six million enrollees. MA plans are popular with both insurers and […]

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The Margolin Group Congratulates Rhode Island Leaders for Medicaid Success

The Margolin Group (TMG) extends warm and well-deserved congratulations to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Elizabeth Roberts, Medicaid Director Anya Rader Wallack and the entire ‘Reinventing Medicaid’ committee for their successful efforts to reform Medicaid and improve the lives of Rhode Islanders. Their visionary leadership and reform efforts led to $7 million more in savings than the goal of $70 million. TMG applauds these […]

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Citra Health Solutions Acquires SironaHealth, Press Release, Citra Health Solutions

The Margolin Group and its sister organization, Partners Transforming Health, join in offering congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Florida-based Citra Health Solutions for its recent acquisition of SironaHealth – a leading clinical care management organization. SironaHealth specializes in enabling accessible patient-centered programs that deliver high-quality outcomes with its continuum of clinical care management services such as disease management, care coordination, patient care and case management. SinoraHealth’s innovative approach […]

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Elevate Mental Health Dialogue in Election-Year, Commentary by Dr. Sam Toney, Modern Healthcare

Former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a strong advocate for mental health, is using his recent memoir to ensure that mental health services are part of the presidential election dialogue. In his memoir, which recounts his own struggle with addiction, Kennedy critiques the U.S. health care system’s inability to deliver the essential behavioral health services to patients in need, driving up medical costs, and leaving countless sufferers of mental illness unable […]

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Proposed Privacy Rule Changes May Leave Substance-Abuse Patients Vulnerable, Article by Joseph Conn, Modern Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed an update to antiquated rules governing patient privacy, last modified in 1987. These changes help integrated delivery systems take full advantage of the information sharing foundation on which they were built. A critical component, essential to the success of today’s systems of care and coverage, is effective and secure data sharing pathways to transfer patient information between and among […]

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