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Trust in medical professionals is falling—and the consequences could be serious

February 9, 2018

Research shows U.S. residents' trust in the health care industry has been declining for decades, and that people who mistrust medical professionals are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors.

Fewer MA enrollees enter higher quality SNFs than traditional Medicare enrollees, study finds

February 7, 2018

David Meyers, one of the study's authors, says, "One might assume that if you pay more for a Medicare Advantage plan, you get better care, but that might not be true."

Healthgrades names the top 250 US hospitals for clinical outcomes

January 26, 2018

According to Healthgrades, patients at hospitals awarded its "2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" had a 26.3% lower risk of dying compared with patients treated at non-recognized hospitals for certain conditions.

Few providers will receive Medicare value-based payment bonuses in 2018

January 24, 2018

CMS data show the "overwhelming majority of clinicians" will not receive any Medicare payment adjustments for 2018, in part because of recent policy changes to the physician fee schedule.

Stakeholders unsure whether CMS’ efforts to limit quality reporting to ‘meaningful measures’ will ease burdens

January 24, 2018

Industry stakeholders are expressing mixed opinions about CMS' latest effort to improve its quality measures, with some doubting the initiative will make much difference on the ground.

Maryland's global payment program has reined in costs but hasn't yet improved care, study finds

January 19, 2018

Eric Roberts, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh and the study's lead author, says, "The takeaway so far may be that when hospitals change the way the health care delivery system works you don't necessarily get a broader transformation that people had hoped for. … At least not right away."

MACRA payment program would be scrapped—if MedPAC gets its way

January 16, 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission votes 14-2 in favor of urging Congress to end MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System program and replace it with a new voluntary value-based payment program.

Trump admin suspends database of mental health and substance misuse programs

January 12, 2018

Trump administration officials say HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services' National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory, will take over the responsibility of assessing programs for inclusion in the database, known as the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Trump admin announces its first Advanced Alternative Payment Model

January 10, 2018

Under the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced Model, participating clinicians can receive bundled payments for up to 32 different clinical conditions—including 29 inpatient care episodes and three outpatient care episodes—for which they will be held accountable for cost and quality.

Inside the hospital with no beds

January 9, 2018

Virtual hospitals could be the wave of the future, and suburban St. Louis-based Mercy Virtual Care Center already has achieved profitability by taking advantage of remote-monitoring technology and new payment structures that encourage cost-effective care.

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