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Welcome to the Weekly Gist, where we distill the latest healthcare news, trends and our conversations with industry leaders into actionable guidance for CEOs and senior executives.

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The Weekly Gist: The Better Way Edition

We contemplate what Paul Ryan’s exit means for healthcare and give some (unsolicited) advice to new CMMI director Adam Boehler on the direction of Medicare innovation. And don’t miss a new album from a soulful Texas singer-songwriter, a great addition to your summertime playlist.
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The Weekly Gist: The “ACOs Aren’t Working” Edition

We share our thoughts on the mounting evidence that ACOs and “population health” may not be producing the results everyone had hoped for. Also, a major California system in the antitrust crosshairs, a big physician group defects from its health system contract, and we recommend a new cult classic.
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The Weekly Gist: The Everyday Low Prices Edition

Walmart captures the attention of the healthcare world by considering a play for Humana, while another big deal between two giant hospital systems is put on hold. Plus: a look at one of the keys to Amazon’s success, something that we think health systems will need to emulate.
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The Weekly Gist: The Frozen Tundra Edition

We look at HCA’s big acquisition of a leading not-for-profit system and share thoughts and analysis on the trend of hospitals employing physicians. Meanwhile DC’s snowy start to spring has us reading up on adventures at the South Pole and looking at the chilling impact of healthcare on household wealth.
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The Weekly Gist: The “It’s the Prices Stupid” Edition

Payers on the prowl for provider assets, a setback for single-payer healthcare in California, and definitive proof that prices, not utilization, are at the root of our high healthcare spending. And from the road: a health system exploring its own Amazon Prime-like membership model.
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