Feb 2nd, 2018
As employers predict average benefit costs to surpass $14,000 per employee, or a 5% increase, a study by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) predicts growth in cost-saving access for employees and their families using telehealth, ACOs, and other means. Changes for Telehealth, ACOs, and More NBGH’s survey indicates employers are looking forward to ...
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Dec 22nd, 2017
2017 was a rough year. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria battered parts of Florida and devastated Puerto Rico. Wildfires destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment system tied to improved health outcomes and reduced spending — two things that are impossible to control in ...
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) June Report to the Congress addresses (among other things) issues it sees with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) — one of two paths in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Payment Program, and a provision of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). “As ...
Physicians need wonder no more whether they’ll don the honor of Qualifying Participant (QP) in an Advanced Alternate Payment Model (APM), this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over the weekend predictive QP status for 2017 Advanced APMs. CMS predicts nearly 100 percent of eligible clinicians in the following Advanced APMs will be ...
Apr 13th, 2017
Facilities participating in voluntary value-based programs have fewer readmissions than those not-involved, according to a study in AMA’s JAMA Internal Medicine.  The 10-year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, analyzed 30-day readmission rates for patients treated for heart disease and pneumonia in 2,800 hospitals. Study Results “Association Between Hospita...