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Health Care In Transition: Fee For Service Vs. Pay For Performance

Health innovators are experimenting with "pay for performance" models that focus on preventive care, coordination between doctors and ways to lower readmission rates. We explore how hospital systems and providers are adapting to the changing health care environment.


Should Art Sale Help Save Detroit?

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener mailbox for backtalk. This week, they talk about a controversy surrounding the possible sale of fine art in Detroit to settle the city's debts.

Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

A Chinese company plans to buy U.S. pork giant Smithfield Foods for nearly $5 billion. The deal may undergo review by an interagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. The panel has played a significant role in shaping foreign investments in this country for nearly four decades.

How Recalculating GDP Can Help App Designers In Nigeria

Pledge 51 creates applications for Nigeria's low-tech cellphones. The company thinks it could grow its business with help from foreign investors, but Nigeria's low GDP has made that difficult. If the country changes the way it calculates this figure, that could help Pledge 51 bring in new investment.

Mired In Recession, E.U. Eases Some Austerity Measures

This week, the European Union gave some of its member nations more time to meet deficit-reduction targets. In other words, to ease back on austerity. The programs have crushed growth and sent European unemployment to a record high 12 percent.