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Could Last Week’s Proposed-Rule Release Represent an Inflection Point for CMS and for Value-Based Federal Payment?

July 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release of a proposed rule that will impact a range of issues, from physician payment to quality measures, has unleashed a range of reactions from industry leaders—could this prove to be an inflection point?

BREAKING: CMS Proposes Dramatic Changes with Aim to “Modernize Medicare and Restore Doctor-Patient Relationships”

July 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS today proposed changes that the agency believes will “fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their EHRs to document clinically meaningful information.”

The Rocky Path to Value for Medicaid Programs—and HIT’s Key Role in Making It All Work

July 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Medical researchers share some insights on the broad range of challenges facing the pioneers attempting to move Medicaid towards value-based payment incentives, including around the key role that HIT and data analytics will play in success

Researchers Find a Bundle of Complications Around Bundled Payment Outcomes

June 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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An article published in the current issue of Health Affairs uncovers some of the complexities of mandatory and voluntary bundled payment programs, and some of the implications for their policy and payment future

CMS Hits MIPS Participation Goal for Year One

June 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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According to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, 91 percent of all Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), exceeding the agency’s internal goal.

Rethinking Observation Stays and Readmissions: Experts Study the Issue

May 31, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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As medical researchers writing in The New England Journal of Medicine are documenting, shifting some patients from normal inpatient stays to observation stays, is turning out to be a far more complicated proposition than meets the eye

Karen DeSalvo Joins MedPAC as New Member

May 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Five new members have been added to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), including former National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced.

Dr. Glenn Steele on the Path Forward Towards Care Delivery Transformation

May 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare Informatics caught up recently with Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who has been busy spreading the gospel of the Geisinger approach to healthcare delivery innovation, U.S. healthcare system-wide

Are Federal Health Officials Fed Up With Providers’ Unwillingness to Take on Downside Risk?

May 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A series of tough public statements by senior federal healthcare officials point to an underlying problem: the federal experiment with accountable care isn’t moving the needle fast enough to really bend the overall healthcare cost curve

GAO: Just 4 of 37 CMMI Payment Models Have Met Goals around Cost, Quality

May 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMMI, created to test new and cost-effective approaches for delivering and paying for healthcare, has partially met its goals, while just four out of the innovation center’s 37 alternative payment models have actually achieved lower spending and higher quality.

EXCLUSIVE: Substantial ACO Reforms Could be Forthcoming

May 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics has learned that a CMS rule is forthcoming that could shorten the duration ACOs can stay in one-sided risk models.

At the HLTH Conference, Former CMMI Director Patrick Conway Looks Back, and Forward

May 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Patrick Conway, M.D., CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was interviewed as part of a general session at the HLTH Conference—looking back on his tenure as CMMI Director, and forward into the future

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