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.
By Sarianne Gruber – The aging population in the US brings with it special concerns that will inevitably change the focus of many healthcare providers and organizations. Press Ganey, a leader in patient experience measurement, released last month its newest research on Patient Experience in the Very Elderly: An Emerging Strategic Focus.
By Sarianne Gruber – The PerfectServe survey, A Study of the Role of Communications in Population Health Management, quantifies and qualifies the challenges that medical and healthcare professionals face trying to communicate with each other given the multitude of hi-tech options.
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