Will bundled payments hurt healthcare innovation?

Bundled payment models —which involve a set price intended to cover each element of clinical care or support for a specific procedure or condition — could prove an effective way for the care providers to contain costs while improving quality. However, some healthcare industry stakeholders have raised concerns about a possible downside to bundling payments: stifling innovation.

Ebola Watch: APIC calls on hospitals to reassess infection control practices

U.S. hospitals don’t have the necessary infection prevention staff and departments are stretched beyond capacity to handle the Ebola virus, according to a new survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology released during International Infection Prevention Week.

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AMA Statement on CMS Announcement of Practice Transformation Initiative

The American Medical Association applauds Secretary Burwell and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their new initiative to support practice transformation.
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Medicaid, CHIP enrollment up by nearly 9 million

Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent.read more

The medical practice evolves

Operating costs, ICD-10, keeping pace with new technologies, and surviving in a world of changing payment models — those are just some of the challenges of running a modern medical practice.
So it’s fitting that they are also among the topi…

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.

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