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Alternative Payment Models

CMS Proposes 2018 Quality Payment Program Changes

June 21, 2017 - CMS recently announced a proposed rule that would modify MACRA’s Quality Payment Program during its second performance year to ease provider burdens and continue to ramp up full participation in the program. A major proposed change would be to increase the Quality Payment Program participation threshold. The federal agency stated that the new rule would exclude eligible clinicians or...

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MedPAC Eyes Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Redesign

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently advised Congress to redesign MACRA’s newly-launched Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) by eliminating MIPS measures, replacing them with population health measures, and...

Oncology Care Model Overcomes Specialty Bundled Payment Hurdles

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Episode-based payment models aim to shift financial accountability to providers for furnishing services for specific conditions or procedures. But develop specialty bundled payment models that target clinical areas, such as oncology, have proven...

Patient Engagement Critical to Bundled Payment Model Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Under bundled payment models, healthcare providers take on the clinical and financial risk payers traditionally managed. But providers at OrthoCarolina found that patients also play a major role in improving care quality and decreasing healthcare...

Providers Lack Tools, Payer Alignment for Value-Based Purchasing

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers still lack the necessary tools for value-based purchasing success with only 43 percent of providers reporting that they have access to the appropriate solutions, a recent Quest Diagnostics and Inovalon survey uncovered. However,...

Count Medicare Advantage Patients for Advanced APMs, Orgs Say

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Eligible clinicians participating in appropriate alternative payment models under a Medicare Advantage plan should qualify for Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) incentive payments in 2019, the AMGA and nine other healthcare industry...

Incorporating Population Health in Next Gen of Bundled Payments

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The next generation of bundled payments should focus on population health management, researchers recently argued in a Journal of the American Medical Association report. Bundled payment models can align with population health management by extending...

Commitment Key to Successful Value-Based Reimbursement Adoption

by Jacqueline Belliveau

It is time for healthcare providers to move past understanding the concept and start the value-based reimbursement adoption process. Otherwise, they may face profitability decreases from operating both fee-for-service and alternative payment...

Data Analytics, Collaboration Critical to MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers need to restructure many aspects of their organization for successful MACRA implementation, including data analytics capabilities, financial risk assumption, stakeholder partnerships, and patient engagement strategies, according...

Medicare Cardiac, Ortho Bundled Payments Delayed Until 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently delayed the launch date of three mandatory Medicare cardiac and orthopedic bundled payment models and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment program from May 20, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2018. The final ruling from the federal agency...

Post-Acute Care Costs by Market Affect Bundled Payment Models

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A recent study in Medical Care found that post-acute care variations by healthcare market significantly impacted total episode costs in 30-day hip and knee replacement bundled payment models, suggesting financial strategies should focus on high-utilizers...

CMS Opens Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Apps in 4 Regions

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently announced that the second round of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) alternative payment model will launch in four regions in 2018. The four regions are Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and the greater Buffalo area of...

10 Orgs Call for Medicare Advantage APMs to Qualify for MACRA

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A coalition of ten healthcare industry groups recently urged HHS Secretary Tom Price to weigh risk-based Medicare Advantage alternative payment models the same as Advanced Alternative Payment Models under MACRA. Qualifying participants in MACRA’s...

Key Capabilities for Population-Based Alternative Payment Models

by Jacqueline Belliveau

To succeed in population-based alternative payment models with two-sided financial risk, health systems should embrace assuming the role of the payer and work to get all staff on board with the model, suggested Jackie Selby, a healthcare and...

Execs Say Value-Based Purchasing to Hit Tipping Point by 2020

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Over one-half (55 percent) of healthcare executives surveyed after the recent presidential election stated that the industry should reach the value-based purchasing tipping point before 2020, a recent Lazard report revealed. The survey of 203...

Will Behavioral Economics Improve Alternative Payment Models?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Alternative payment models may need to account for the behavioral economics behind provider prescribing habits to effectively reduce healthcare costs from expensive medications and treatments, a recent American Journal of Managed Care study stated....

Engaging Providers Key to Value-Based Reimbursement Adoption

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of providers prefer a fee-for-service model over value-based reimbursement structures even though almost one-half acknowledged that the traditional payment model contributed to higher healthcare costs, a recent...

Creating Alternative Payment Models to Support Health Centers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare stakeholders and lawmakers should encourage community health centers to engage in alternative payment models to financially incentivize providers to improve safety-net care, a recent Journal of the American Medical Association report...

Bundled Payments, Clinical Pathways Drive Cancer Care Savings

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Early adopters of value-based reimbursement models for oncology realized significant cancer care savings through bundled payments and clinical pathways, a recent Evidence-Based Oncology study revealed. But the financial incentives for the models...

AAFP: Drop MIPS APM Pathway to Simplify MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently urged CMS to simplify MACRA implementation to support primary care provider participation in the Quality Payment Program. The industry group called for several Quality Payment Program...


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