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Physician Payment Reform In A Post-SGR World: Challenges Remain

Recent policy changes and announcements follow widespread calls to move from the current volume-based fee-for-service payment system to a value-based system that pays for patient outcomes rather than individual services. But there are major challenges to achieving that goal.

The Time Is Now For A Consumer Health Movement

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation, based in Pittsburgh, recently assembled an "army of activated health care consumers" to talk about social health movements. Attendees said that messages on population-level health issues, such as HPV, must convey urgency, without devolving into sensationalism.

The Pathway To Sustainability: Aligning Ambulatory Patient Experience Survey Implementation

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.

'Innovate Or Die?' Mission-Driven Home Health Providers Choose The Former

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.

Evidence For Action: A New RWJF Initiative Informing The Path Toward A Culture of Health

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.

How PAs Factor Into Improved CMS Patient Satisfaction Scores

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...

Community Health Center Strategies For Pursuing Accountable Care

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...

Planned Parenthood, Community Health Centers, And Women’s Health: Getting The Facts Right

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’ Proposed Changes To The Two-Midnight Rule: Partial Restoration Of Medical Judgment

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...

Implementing Health Reform: Federal Court Rules On March for Life v. Burwell (Updated)

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...