Category “Future of Healthcare”

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How ACOs Could Become the Norm for Medicaid

Value over volume is the thing of the future. Individual fee-for-service methods are gradually giving way to more integrated, coordinated patient-centered care. Over the years, this shift to value-based care has prompted hospitals, healthcare providers, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to come up with alternative ways…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
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Could Scribes Reduce the Hidden Costs of Your EHR?

EHRs are taking a heavy financial toll on the healthcare industry. You know the upfront costs are significant, and there are also ongoing “hidden” costs that aren’t always obvious. Initial and continuous training, implementing upgrades, hiring additional staff and dealing with periodic outages are all expensive. But those may be…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
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Why Readmissions Happen, and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Readmission rates have long been considered a key metric for measuring hospital quality of care. But for the last few years, hospitals have had a substantially greater incentive for reducing them. These days, when patients who have been treated for certain specific conditions are readmitted within 30 days, hospitals get…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
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3 Ways to Put a Positive Spin on CPC+

  Shared savings from the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative’s second round are up. To be exact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report a total of $57.7 million in gross savings were generated in 2015 by 481 primary care practices serving more than 376,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Although three of…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
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How Hospitals Are Reducing Readmissions

  Hospital readmission rates have dropped 8% between 2010 and 2015 — a big step toward more cost-effective, higher-value care. The big driver has been the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which targets avoidable hospital readmissions occurring within 30 days of initial patient discharge. With HRRP, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
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Hospital Value-Based Payments: 2017 and Beyond

The fifth year of the Hospital Value-Based Program (VBP) will not be marked by revolutionary changes but, rather, incremental steps along the quality-and-savings continuum. The Hospital VBP Program adjusts what Medicare pays under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) based on the quality of care for inpatient stays in approximately…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
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Where Do Hospitalists Fit in ACOs?

Value-based care has led to restructuring of healthcare delivery models in ways that can accommodate the change from independent fee-for-services for individual patients towards a more comprehensive patient care that encompasses overall patient health for a longer span of time. Indeed, the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs), whether hospital-based…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 10 January, 2017
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Quality-Based Payments in 2017: Four Ways to Join In

In the new year, there will be four ways to join in the Quality Payment Program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently expanded value-based payments into an all-encompassing program that incorporates the alternative payment programs already in place…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 15 November, 2016
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