Quality Measures

Small study finds health systems lagging in providing value-based payment incentives to physicians

Despite the increasing proliferation of alternative payment models, a new study finds that health systems generally don’t give physicians financial incentives to improve the value of care delivery.

Nick Hut February 14, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Medicare would save $8 billion a year if all hospitals achieved the outcomes of the most cost-efficient performers, says Lown Institute

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: America’s most cost-effective hospitals are identified, employers have boosted telemedicine and mental health benefits during the pandemic, and risk-based Medicare Advantage models gain popularity with health systems.

Deborah Filipek November 19, 2021

Payment approaches to addressing health equity are seen in a new Medicare rule for kidney care

Updates to a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation care model for end-stage renal disease include an equity-related bonus payment and associated changes to benchmarking.

Nick Hut October 31, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 further shows the need to modify federal pay-for-performance models, hospital advocate says

Quality measures derived during the COVID-19 pandemic are not an accurate gauge of hospital performance in federal programs such as Value-Based Purchasing.

Nick Hut October 29, 2021

April 13-17: CMS webinars are among a slew of online-only events in healthcare finance

A complete listing of healthcare finance-related hearings, conferences, webinars, public forums and deadlines for the week of April 13.

Rich Daly August 19, 2021

Provider conduct could have a big impact on the future of telehealth, experts say

Widespread certification for telehealth could encourage policymakers to retain the waivers that have promoted expanded virtual access, industry experts say.

Nick Hut August 19, 2021

News of Note: U.S. healthcare ranks last in comparison with 10 other high-income countries in a report by The Commonwealth Fund

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Study says U.S. healthcare ranks last, LGBT+ community faces disparities, and 18 groups demand better healthcare.

Deborah Filipek August 13, 2021

Healthcare News of Note: Black patients experience higher rates of adverse patient events relative to white patients, study says

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Black patients experience more adverse patient safety events compared with white patients, telemedicine leads the VC-funded digital health category in 1H 2021, and 10% of the unvaccinated are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Deborah Filipek August 6, 2021

FY22 rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System finalizes a payment increase and key policy updates

The base payment increase for hospital inpatient services in FY22 will be 2.5%, according to a final rule issued by CMS.

Nick Hut August 3, 2021

Latest hospital readmissions data highlight the challenges posed by septicemia

For all diagnoses across payers, researchers reported a 30-day readmission rate of 14% and an average cost per readmission of $15,200.

Nick Hut July 30, 2021
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