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WEDI: Is There Progress on Patient Engagement, Payment Reform?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is seeking input on industry progress in four key areas of healthcare improvement highlighted in its 2013 report.  Providers, vendors, and other leaders who have made significant...

How Could 2015 End Up Driving the Move from Volume to Value?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With good intentions, many healthcare organizations invested significantly in preparing to be ICD-10 compliant by this October. However, they now must wait an additional year to realize if their investments will pay off....

Bill aims to give permanence to Medicare ACOs, providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be here to stay, at least for Medicare beneficiaries. A piece of legislation introduced by Representative Diane Black (R-TN) would make permanent components of successful ACO programs developed by...

Mostashari: Accountable care can reduce costs, boost outcomes

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, former National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari and former White House healthcare policy aide Bob Kocher praise the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its focus on value-based reimbursements for moving...

Medicare ACOs raise quality and share $445 million in savings

by Jennifer Bresnick

The latest accountable care organization (ACO) scorecard shows ongoing progress towards reducing costs for the Medicare system, CMS says in a press release, with higher quality metrics and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings across...

How payer-provider partnerships support population health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Accountable care models leverage care coordination with the aim of improving patient outcomes while reducing costs, but their success depends first on agreements between healthcare providers and payers enabling important health data to be...

What has physicians concerned with cost transparency?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As patients assume more responsibility for the cost of their healthcare, they will need access to information that can benefit their financial decision-making. This is one driving force behind increasing the transparency of pricing for...

VA finds wait-list errors, but no conclusive proof for deaths

by Jennifer Bresnick

A completed internal investigation by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General has found significant evidence of wrongdoing in relation to patient scheduling and access to care at the Phoenix VA facility, but were not able to...

How a culture of collaboration, HIT can lead to quality care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Quality initiatives require much more that capturing data in the EHR to lead visible improvements to patient care and outcomes. As the success of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI) has...

AHA: Medicare should expand data transparency, availability

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS should make much more of its Medicare data available to the industry, argues the American Hospital Association (AHA), in order to encourage data transparency that will, in turn, foster accountable care, clinical analytics, and reduced...

St. Luke’s, BlueCross form accountable care arrangement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Primary care and specialist physician groups within St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are partnering with Capital BlueCross to bring accountable care and value-based reimbursements to the organization. ...

$16.3B bill will expand VA, send veterans to outside providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

President Barack Obama signed a $16.3 billion bill yesterday in an attempt to address some of the most shocking patient care deficiencies in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The funding includes $10 billion to pay for veterans who...

90% of WI patients may receive accountable care with new pact

by Jennifer Bresnick

Six major Wisconsin health systems that serve approximately 90% of patients in the state are banding together to advance clinical quality and the patient experience through a strategic partnership focused on achieving true accountable...

Readers back PCMHs where physician leadership is lagging

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Joint Commission may have ruffled a few feathers over at the American Medical Association with its decision to accredit non-physician-led patient centered-medical homes (PCMHs), but it has won plenty of supporters among readers. The...

What is the solution to addressing US physician shortages?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As the American Medical Association (AMA) continuing its push to address the causes and identify solutions to physician shortages across the United States in response to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), others are...

Geisinger Health System CEO, President to step down in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After more than a decade of leading one of the nation’s top healthcare organizations, Geisinger Health System President and CEO Glenn Steele, Jr, MD, is going to step down from his position in the coming year, according to a...

Rise of team-based healthcare leads to more lower-level jobs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite consistent worries about the shortage of primary care physicians, not all healthcare occupations are experiencing the squeeze.  Lower level healthcare professionals in positions that require less than a baccalaureate, such as home...

ACA cost cutting means Medicare won’t go broke till 2030

by Jennifer Bresnick

Depending on your perspective, there’s some good news and some bad news for healthcare providers and patients who rely on Medicare for their financial and physical health: cost cutting measures encouraged by the Affordable Care Act...

Are non-physician-led PCMHs a bad thing for healthcare?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While prominent physician associations remain opposed to the concept of non-physician-led patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), at least one group of non-physicians is eyeing the chance to bring its set of specialists into the adoption...

130 million patients will receive accountable care by 2017

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and value-based purchasing arrangements will be responsible for the care of 130 million patients by 2017, predicts a report by Parks Associates.  Accountable care will generate nearly $1 billion in...

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