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...
In MACRA
Mar 22nd, 2017
Section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act gives the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) the authority to test alternate payment models (APMs). The goals of these APMs are to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. Pediatric Alternative Payment ...
In CMS
Feb 14th, 2017
Small practices and facilities stand to benefit from new payment models based on new quality measures for coronary and orthopedic care. In December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new Innovation Center models shifting Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals to deliver better care ...
In CMS
Dec 21st, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Dec. 20 several new Innovation Center models and an update to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. The new payment models will allow for a broader range of clinicians to qualify for a 5 percent incentive payment through the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) track ...
Continuing its efforts to educate healthcare providers and staff about the new Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an online webinar on Oct. 26, entitled Quality Payment Program Overview. Topics were based on stakeholder feedback and included: What is the Quality Payment Program? Who participates? How does the Quality Payment Program work? ...