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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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