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Osborne: 'Vigilance' needed on debt

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:43
Authorities must closely watch household debt, said Chancellor George Osborne at a Treasury Select Committee hearing.

No Downing Street call says Orde

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:40
The former head of police in Northern Ireland has said if Downing Street had asked him to release prisoners he would have remembered it to his "dying day".

Grand National field is finalised

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:31
A maximum of 40 horses will run in Saturday's Grand National at Aintree headed by the Paul Nicholls-trained Tidal Bay.

Saving Medicaid money in Camden, N.J.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:24

Around the country, hospitals and doctors are teaming up to better manage patients. They're trying to strip away wasteful practices like redundant testing. They’re doing so with what are known as accountable care organizations, or ACOs, and one in Camden, N.J., is drawing attention.

The name may be jargon, but Mark Humowiecki with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers says the concept of an ACO is pretty basic: “Spend more money on primary care in order to keep people out of the hospitals.

Under the ACO model in Camden, insurers give the hospitals and doctors a chunk of money to care for the some 32,000 Medicaid patients in the city. The idea is to make it very easy to get primary care, and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and ER visits.

If it works, the savings could be immense.

“We think we could save anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of spending,” says Humowiecki. “That’s millions of dollars a year.”

The challenge, says Brookings Institution’s Mark McClellan, is that Medicaid patients often struggle. 

“They may not have regular homes, they may have trouble getting their medications, they may have other stresses in their lives,” McClellan says. “And that is hard work to do.”

As one of about a dozen Medicaid ACOs, Camden is on the front line of the front lines of health reform, says McClellan.

And people are watching. If it works here, Camden becomes a national model.

All the best bits of Clegg v Farage

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:15
Highlights of the Clegg v Farage debate

Ward gets singles spot against Italy

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:14
James Ward is named as second singles player while Andy Murray suffers with a stomach bug ahead of GB's Davis Cup tie in Italy.

No US deaths in Afghanistan in March

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:09
There were no US military deaths in Afghanistan in March, the first zero-fatality month in the country since January 2007, Pentagon says.

Kate Winslet: 'Hollywood shocked me'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:05
Kate Winslet says she wishes she had been given more support to help her cope with the pressures of early fame.

Analysis: Yashika and the law

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:01
Why has a 19-year-old student been sent back to Mauritius?
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