Study: High-risk practices more likely to receive physician VBP penalty

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Physician practices that served a disproportionate share of medically and socially high-risk patients in the first year of the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program were more likely to receive a penalty compared with other practices, according to a study published today in the Journal of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, socioeconomic status, value-based purchasing, Medicare

Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

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The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination

AHA comments on proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities

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The AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system for fiscal year 2018. In the letter, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development, urged CMS to delay... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation

CMS releases MACRA proposed rule

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The AHA yesterday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA – continues the “incremental, flexible implementation approach called for by hospitals, health systems and the more than 500,000 employed and contracted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation, care coordination

Study: Hospitals in VBP program did not improve more than other hospitals

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The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program did not result in meaningful improvements in clinical process or patient experience measures during its first four years, because performance improved similarly for hospitals not exposed to the program, according to a study reported last week in the New England... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing

AHA shares Medicare concerns of hospitals, post-acute providers with Congress

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on the status of the Medicare program, including payment provisions set to expire this year. In a statement submitted for the record, AHA highlighted how the low-volume adjustment, Medicare-dependent Hospital Program and ambulance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, access, VBP

Study: Safety-net hospitals catch up to other hospitals in HRRP, but not in VBP

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Safety-net hospitals had larger average penalties than non-safety net hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2013, but that difference had disappeared by 2016, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the Value-Based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, value-based purchasing, Medicare

NAM initiative issues final report on policy priorities for better health at lower cost

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The National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative today proposed four policy priorities for the administration and health care leaders to achieve better health at lower cost: pay for value, empower people, activate communities and connect care. To support these... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, population health

HHS: Fraud and abuse laws are impediment to improved care and efficiencies

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The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in an unpublicized report, has responded to Congress’ request for options to amend the existing fraud and abuse laws. The report offers no legislative or regulatory proposals. Instead it provides observations on the effect of fraud and abuse laws, concluding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, self-referral, clinical integration

Hospital associations outline for president their top priorities for future of the ACA

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In a joint letter today to President Trump and the Congress, the AHA and 71 state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations outlined their top priorities as the administration and Congress deliberate the future of the Affordable Care Act. “If the ACA is to be repealed, the potential repeal and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Coverage, Medicaid, regulation, care coordination

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