On March 10, 2015, CMS Innovation Center unveiled the latest in accountable care organizations, this time testing to see if a high-risk, high-reward model can successfully improve health outcomes and reduce costs for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiar…
The latest figures from CMS indicate eligible professionals will face approximately $200 million in Medicare reimbursement penalties in 2015 for failing to attest to meaningful use.View full post
Physicians, hospitals, medical group practices and other stakeholders are joining together today to call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to further improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and make it more sustainable….View full post
In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, many hospitals report a rise in the number of patients seeking care in their emergency departments, according to the Los Angeles Times.read moreView full post
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) is continuing to urge for a shorter reporting period for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to attest to Meaningful Use–and now has the backing of 28 of her colleagues.read moreView full post
Rising healthcare costs have been haunting both the sector and individual Americans for decades, but what if the recent slowdown in increases is actually permanent? That’s the argument of Temple University economics professor Tom E. Getzen, who also serves as executive director of the International Health Economics Association.
Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies
Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.