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5 barriers to implementing home-based care (and how to overcome them)

October 24, 2019


Home-based care models provide "tremendous opportunities to improve care," but "there are significant risks and challenges to their broader adoption," write Pooja Chandrashekar, Sashi Moodley, and Sachin Jain in the Harvard Business Review, sharing five common challenges—and solutions—to implementing such programs.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

MSSP ACOs saved $739M in 2018, new CMS data shows

October 2, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.

NYU Langone's secret to improving care? (Hint: They borrowed it from Google and Amazon.)

September 23, 2019


Tech companies like Google and Amazon often use randomized continuous quality improvement projects to evaluate processes, and while the technique is not widespread in health care, NYU Langone Health recently adopted the practice to assess routine patient care processes, according to a report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

Fewer ACOS joined MSSP in 2019—but more are taking on risk, data show

July 19, 2019


Fewer accountable care organizations (ACOs) joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2019 than in 2018—but more ACOs are taking on financial risk than in previous years, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in a Health Affairs blog published Wednesday.

This new treatment model significantly reduced blood pressure among patients with mental health conditions

June 11, 2019


Health care providers are continuously working to find efficient ways to treat some of the United States' most vulnerable populations, and a new study suggests individuals with severe mental health conditions saw overall improvements to their health under a new treatment model called "reverse co-location."

What the US can (and can't) learn from Singapore’s celebrated health system

April 30, 2019


Singapore's health care system is considered "an example of excellence," according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, but a recent visit revealed why U.S. residents might not be able to use the health system as "a possible model for" its own innovation.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

April 23, 2019


HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.

CMS proposes payment increases for SNFs, hospice facilities for FY 2020

April 22, 2019


CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.

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