By Andy Bindman MD – Recently, I spoke on a panel at the Commonwealth Fund’s International Symposium on Health Care Policy. It was an honor to share the stage with my distinguished co-panelists, ministers of health from several other Nations.
CMS finalized new Innovation Center models that continue the Administration’s progress to shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals to deliver better care to patients at a lower cost.
By Patrick Conway MD & Andy Bindman MD – The Department of Health and Human Services identifies the engagement of Medicare beneficiaries as a cornerstone to achieving better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
America’s hospitals continue to make strides towards improving patient safety and quality for common conditions for which people enter the hospital, according to The Joint Commission’s 2016 Annual Report: “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”
New Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) data find that medical practices focus on patient experience and access as patients face more options in how their care is delivered.
By David Squires & David Blumenthal MD – There’s a lot to absorb in the proposed rule for implementing “MACRA”—the sprawling, bipartisan law passed in 2015 aimed at moving Medicare physician payment from rewarding volume to rewarding value. One question attracting scrutiny is whether the reforms will favor larger practices at the expense of smaller ones.
By John Smithwick – In the past few years, knowing what happens to patients between visits or after acute episodes hasn’t been a priority for provider organizations. As more and more reimbursements are tied to quality measures and outcomes, organizations are finding it vital to know the health status of their populations so they can spot problems earlier and intervene sooner to prevent the need for costly procedures.
By Mike Miranda – The healthcare system is taking full advantage of Business Intelligence tools, such as Data Discovery Software. This newer generation of BI tools is dramatically empowering healthcare facilities around the world to aggressively forge ahead with ultra-enhanced efficiency and performance at macro and micro-levels, alike.
CMS proposed to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, including long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies, must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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