Capsules: Health Law Fosters A New Kind Of Business Partnership In Georgia; Few Medicaid Docs Have Seen 2013 Pay Raise; Electronic Health Records Help Cut Costs For Mass. Community Docs: Study

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, WABE's Jim Burress, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on a new health care partnership in Georgia: "Medical equipment manufacturers operate largely on a 'supply and demand' model: Hospitals buy their multi-million dollar machines, use them for a few years, and then the process starts again. But Philips Healthcare and a hospital system in Georgia are betting on a new business model, one that has risks and rewards for both the hospital and the manufacturer" (Burress, 7/16).

Phil Galewitz reports on Medicaid payment rates: "Most primary care doctors are still waiting for that Medicaid pay raise that was scheduled to begin in January under the Affordable Care Act, but a federal official says the government has now approved applications from 48 states to begin paying the higher rates" (Galewitz, 7/16).

Also on the blog, Alvin Tran reports on a study regarding EHRs and health care costs: "The adoption of electronic health records by community doctors helped drive down health costs, a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported. Previous studies, many dealing with academic teaching hospitals, have yielded mixed results about the effects electronic health records (EHRs) have had and have drawn concerns over the adoption of health information technology. Federal officials are encouraging the implementation of such systems, arguing that it will help curb the rise in health spending by eliminating duplication of services and medical errors" (Tran, 7/15). Check out what else is new on the blog.

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