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AMGA Survey: Value-Based Care Driving C-Suite Compensation Incentives

April 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
A recent survey by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) of executive and leadership compensation reveals several trends, including that incentive compensation plays an important role in increases and value-based care is driving executive compensation...

Why “Skin in the Game” Turns Out To Be Not Enough to Motivate Consumers to Check Healthcare Prices

April 22, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
An experiment in pricing transparency in Massachusetts reveals some hard truths about what happens when health insurers offer their plan members data on provider prices, and why “skin in the game” is not enough

A New Massachusetts Study Finds Consumers Slow to Make Use of Cost Estimate Tools

April 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
news
A new report has found that, even as health insurers in Massachusetts, under pressure to provide cost-estimating tools for their members, are giving them more information, plan members are still largely not taking advantage of new tools

ACP Study: Only 37 Percent of MIPS Measures Are Valid

April 19, 2018  |  David Raths
news
A new study from the American College of Physicians Performance Measurement Committee rated as valid only 37 percent of the 86 Quality Payment Program measures for 2017 deemed relevant to ambulatory general internal medicine.

Survey: Measuring Care Quality a Top HIT Business Objective in 2018

April 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
In a recent survey, health IT leaders identified measuring improvement in patient care quality as one of their top business objectives in 2018, followed by identifying areas of cost reduction.

Connecting Healthcare with Food and Health: First Attempts Are Showing Real Promise

April 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
With health plans like Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and patient care organizations like Geisinger Health System, beginning to work on the issue of food insecurity, as it relates to diabetes, the possibilities of real convergence are many

With the Walmart-Humana Revelation, a Cresting Wave of Disruptive Developments in U.S. Healthcare?

April 1, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The media reports about a potential Walmart purchase of Humana, coming on top of the CVS-Aetna merger announcement and the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan Chase announcement, should put provider leaders on alert

Report: Walmart, Humana in Acquisition Talks

March 30, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Only two months after CVS Health announced it was acquiring Aetna for $69 billion, another huge retail-health insurer deal could be in the works, according to a March 29 Wall Street Journal report.

At NYU Langone Health, “Value-Based Medicine” Takes Center Stage

March 28, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
For the project, the organization’s finance department collaborated with VBM physician champions to identify variations in care both internally and compared externally to benchmarked external institutions.

Advocate- Aurora Merger Clears Last Regulatory Review

March 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Chicago-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care announced last week that their proposed merger has cleared the regulatory review process, paving the way for the creation of Advocate Aurora Health.

Four Organizations Plan to Form National Health IT Safety Collaborative

March 22, 2018  |  Heather Landi
news
Four healthcare- and patient safety-focused organizations have indicated plans to establish a national health IT safety collaborative and are urging the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (...

Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced? Several Industry Leaders Weigh in on MedPAC’s Published Proposal

March 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
article
In its March report to Congress, MedPAC, a policy advisory group, recommends repealing MIPS and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement. Several industry thought leaders weigh in on the implications of this recommendation and the future of MIPS.

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