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Across the US health care system, there is a growing imperative to deliver more patient-centered care. A consensus is now emerging that some kind of alignment or "harmonization" of patient experience measurement must take place in order to reduce survey burdens on both patients and practices alike.
As health care moves towards a value-based purchasing environment, many mission-driven home health providers are discovering innovative ways to adapt and provide the highest quality care efficiently.
This new RWJF program expects research that it funds to provide knowledge about what actually works to improve health and reduce inequities. The program is also interested in researchers' proposals of new measures for assessment of health outcomes.
Today patient satisfaction is being dissected and analyzed many different ways by physician offices, hospitals, and ACOs, driven largely by CMS and a policy to tie reimbursement to patient perceptions and compliance with clinical performance guidelines. Where are physician assistants, who are...
Although community health centers provide primary care services to a large portion of Medicaid beneficiaries throughout the country, many health centers have not participated in or led ACOs. In order to transform care delivery, community health centers need to identify strategies to grow and/or...
The current Planned Parenthood fight, one of the most disturbing battles over women’s health in recent years, has been riddled with inaccuracies. A particularly damaging one is the assertion that the nation’s community health centers could pick up the slack if Planned Parenthood is defunded.
CMS recently announced proposed changes to the controversial Two-Midnight Rule, clarifying the circumstances under which Medicare will consider a given hospital stay to be an inpatient service, versus an outpatient service. The proposed changes would at least partially restore case-by-case...
A federal court recently decided on another case challenging the contraceptive mandate. Although there have been numerous challenges to the mandate, this case distinguishes itself in its premise and in the consequences it will bring if it is upheld. Also included is an update on Q&As stemming...
Health care resources, no matter how represented, are ultimately finite. In spite of this, U.S. policy makers remain reluctant to engage in conversations that even hint at “rationing,” evidenced by the fact that PCORI is legislatively forbidden to include cost-effectiveness ratios in its...
Following HHS, the IRS has proposed to require employer-sponsored group health plans to offer substantial coverage of hospitalization and physician services to meet the definition of minimum value coverage.