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Maryland All-Payer APM Reduces Medicare Hospital Costs by $429M

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As the Maryland All-Payer alternative payment model starts its fourth year, a Health Affairs report shows that the program reduced Medicare hospital costs by $429 million, exceeding CMS requirements that the model save $330 million five years....

Patient Care Navigation Program Reduces Cancer Care Costs

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Using non-physician and nurse providers as part of a patient navigation program can significantly lower healthcare costs and utilization for cancer patients while generating a return on investment, a recent JAMA Oncology study revealed. From...

Industry Orgs Urge Lawmakers to Continue Value-Based Care Push

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Over 120 healthcare industry groups, including hospitals, healthcare systems, payers, and professional organizations, recently urged the Trump administration and Congress to not discontinue or slow the transition to value-based care. In the letter...

CMS Reopens 2018 Next Generation ACO Model Applications

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Providers interested in participating in the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in 2018 can now submit a letter of intent to CMS, according to the alternative payment model’s webpage. The Next Generation ACO model...

359K Clinicians to Join CMS Alternative Payment Models in 2017

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CMS recently announced that the federal agency selected over 359,000 clinicians to participate in four of the federal agency’s alternative payment models in 2017. The new participants will be joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

Avoidable Hospitalizations Drop 31% for Long-Term Care Patients

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Avoidable hospitalizations among dual-eligible long-term care facility residents dropped by 31 percent between 2010 and 2015 largely because of value-based care programs, CMS recently stated in an official blog post. “Family members want...

CMS: Providers Need Data Access for Value-Based Reimbursement

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Value-based reimbursement success rests on providing clinicians with convenient and increased access to meaningful data, the leaders of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and CMS stated in a recent official CMS blog post. “Data...

All-Payer Alternative Payment Model Targets PA Rural Hospitals

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A new six-year all-payer alternative payment model will focus on improving care quality and reducing healthcare costs at rural hospitals in Pennsylvania, CMS announced in a recent fact sheet. The CMS Innovation Center’s latest project,...

Do Pay-for-Performance Programs Improve Patient Outcomes?

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Value-based reimbursement models that pay for performance modestly incentivized providers to stick to clinical guidelines, but they may not be linked to better patient outcomes, a recent Annals of Internal Medicine study indicates. The literature...

Addressing Social Risk in Medicare Value-Based Reimbursement

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Hospitals that disproportionately treat patients with social risk factors, such as low income and race, may be unfairly penalized under some Medicare value-based reimbursement programs. But the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and...

CMS Releases MSSP Track 1+ Model Risk Structures, Eligibility

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In a new Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Track 1+ fact sheet, CMS clarified model details for 2018 to 2020 participation, including maximum shared savings and losses rates, risk assignments, and eligibility requirements. CMS announced...

NAACOS Reveals 2017 Accountable Care Organization Priorities

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As part of its 2017 advocacy agenda, the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) released policy recommendations for ACO improvement. The recommendations included Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) changes, one-sided...

ACO Incentives, Coordination Improve Complex Pediatric Care

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Children with medical complexities, or children who require the highest level of service and support, are one of the most expensive pediatric patient populations. But provider collaboration and financial incentives through an accountable care...

CMS: Innovation Center Key to APM, MACRA Implementation Success

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In a recent official blog post, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway, MD, highlighted the federal agency’s Innovation Center’s successes with alternative payment model development, especially as MACRA implementation...

What is the Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1+ Model?

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As the Quality Payment Program links more Medicare payments to value-based reimbursement, a new Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) track will allow eligible clinicians to qualify for additional incentive payments in the program’s Advanced...

How Social Risk Factors Influence Value-Based Reimbursement

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Safety-net providers received more financial penalties under Medicare value-based reimbursement programs because the hospitals treated more beneficiaries with social risk factors, such as dual eligibility, low income, race, ethnicity, and rural...

OIG: Provider Support, Health IT Needed for MACRA Implementation

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MACRA implementation has been a major priority for CMS in the past year, but the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently found several challenges that could impede Quality Payment Program...

URAC Calls for Virtual Group Rules in Quality Payment Program

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URAC, a non-profit healthcare accreditation company, recently called on CMS to implement virtual group standards under the Quality Payment Program in 2018 that promote economies of scale for more activities than just reporting compliance. The...

Does Hospital Size Impact Value-Based Penalties in CMS Program?

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Value-based penalties in the Medicare Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program are disproportionately affected by a participating hospital’s bed size and number of cases, a recent American Journal of Medical Quality study indicated....

Payment Reform, Value-Based Care Top 2017 Medicaid Priorities

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Delivery system and healthcare payment reform, especially through value-based care, topped the list of 2017 Medicaid priorities, according to the annual State Medicaid Operations Survey from the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)....

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