Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • HHS officials highlight a three-year payment reform timeline, which calls for boosting fee-for-service Medicare reimbursements and increasing reimbursements linked to quality and value.

  • Accelerating Medicare's drive to value-based payment and delivery models would boost care quality and generate enough cost savings to pay for "doc fix" reform, advocates say.

  • End-of-life care for sick patients is garnering more attention from hospitals and health systems because of its impact on costs. Now leaders need to invest in training physicians to talk to patients about their concerns and wishes.

  • An initial partnership with a relatively small Indiana hospital begat Walgreens' WellTransitions program, which has shown a 46% reduction in unplanned hospital readmissions for the patients who use it.
  • Most organizations are still standing in two worlds-managing with one foot in fee-for-service and one foot in fee-for-value. Uncertainty about future revenue streams is the leading industry hurdle, our annual industry survey finds.

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by CHRISTOPHER CHENEY | 01/27/2015

HHS officials highlight a three-year payment reform timeline, which calls for boosting fee-for-service Medicare reimbursements and increasing reimbursements linked to quality and value.


by CHRISTOPHER CHENEY | 01/27/2015

Accelerating Medicare's drive to value-based payment and delivery models would boost care quality and generate enough cost savings to pay for "doc fix" reform, advocates say.


by JOHN COMMINS | 01/26/2015

Community Health Systems, Inc. has announced that it will purchase 80% equity in Metro Health. In Colorado, Humana and Boulder Community Health have announced the launch of an accountable care arrangement and population health partnership.


by CHERYL CLARK | 01/26/2015

The Office of Inspector General made two recommendations that it says CMS and CMS-authorized accreditors should use to oversee compounded sterile preparations in hospitals.


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