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Value Based Reimbursement

AHA Critiques MedPAC’s Potential MACRA Implementation Changes

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently responded to potential MACRA implementation changes discussed at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) January meeting. The industry group called on MedPAC to “draw upon...

Exploring MIPS Advancing Care Info, Improvement Activities

by Jacqueline Belliveau

At HIMSS17, CMS leaders took the stage to ease provider concerns about the newly launched Quality Payment Program and its more popular value-based reimbursement track, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Following up on their MIPS...

CMS Calls on Stakeholders for Pediatric APM Development Input

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently put out a request for information for a potential Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) alternative payment model targeting pediatric care, according to an official CMS blog post. “Through the RFI [request...

Transradial, Same Day Discharge Cardiac Care Drops Costs by $3.7K

by Jacqueline Belliveau

From acute myocardial infarctions to coronary artery bypass grafts initiatives, recent Medicare bundled payment models have providers focusing more on reducing healthcare costs and improving care quality for a range of cardiac care episodes....

Provider Profitability Tops Healthcare Revenue Cycle Concerns

by Jacqueline Belliveau

One of the top healthcare revenue cycle concerns with 40 percent of providers is maintaining profitability while remaining independent, a recent RemitDATA survey revealed. The survey of healthcare providers, billing companies, and vendors showed...

Creating a Population Health Management Operating Model

by Jacqueline Belliveau

ORLANDO - “Collaboration is a critical piece,” Steven Merahn, MD, emphasized during his HIMSS17 session on developing an operating model for population health management that functions regardless of payment model participation. “Collaboration...

Healthcare C-Suite, Earned Incentive Compensation Down in 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Median healthcare CEO compensation in terms of total cash value remained relatively the same for non-physician executives in 2016, while physician CEOs faced a 3.9 percent reduction, a recent AMGA Consulting survey found. The survey of 78 medical...

Coalition Offers CMMI, Alternative Payment Model Improvements

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Thirty-five healthcare industry groups recently banded together to offer the newly-approved Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary a set of guidelines for CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) and alternative payment model development...

One-Third of Healthcare Execs Ready for MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Only 35 percent of healthcare executives said that their organization has a MACRA implementation strategy and feels prepared for the new value-based reimbursement program, according to a recent Health Catalyst and peer60 survey. The survey of...

2012 MSSP ACOs Decreased Post-Acute Care Spending by 9%

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A new JAMA Internal Medicine study showed that Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACOs) established in 2012 decreased post-acute care spending by a 9 percent differential reduction by 2014 without compromising...

Stakeholders Propose 4 MACRA Physician-Focused Payment Models

by Jacqueline Belliveau

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program offers 5 percent maximum incentive payments if eligible clinicians sufficiently participate in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) from 2017 to 2022. But many specialists are still waiting for CMS...

52-47 Senate Vote Confirms Tom Price as New HHS Secretary

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Early this morning, the Senate approved Tom Price as the new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary by a 52 to 47 vote, according to multiple sources. Price, a Republican representative from Georgia, will be the first provider...

Key Considerations for Bundled Payment Model Adoption, Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As the value-based reimbursement transition pushes on, many provider organizations have turned to bundled payment models as a stepping stone to alternative payment model adoption. “Bundled payments can be an organization’s first step...

Healthcare Execs Ponder Financial Impact of Possible ACA Repeal

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With a possible full or partial Affordable Care Act repeal in the near future, healthcare executives called for some of the healthcare reform law’s provisions to continue, such as increased insurance coverage and the value-based reimbursement...

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

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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....

Industry Orgs Urge Lawmakers to Continue Value-Based Care Push

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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...

Should the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Add Sepsis?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program currently determines value-based penalties on 30-day unplanned readmissions rates for six conditions. But the value-based reimbursement program may be missing a key condition that contributes...

359K Clinicians to Join CMS Alternative Payment Models in 2017

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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...

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