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Physician Practices with Robust Capabilities Spend Less on Medicare Beneficiaries

As consolidation and integration of physician practices occur, especially within organizations that can wrap capabilities around ambulatory clinical care, we must examine the potential benefit to those we serve. This ideal is also the premise for a clinically integrated network where payment models are designed to allow for enhanced capabilities available to smaller groups of clinicians. These enhanced… Read More »

Do Value Based Payment Models Really Work?

For those in the value-based payment (VBP) world, we are constantly asking the question; “Is what we are doing impactful and adding value to quality, service, and costs, to those we serve?” A recent study in Health Affairs analyzed 20 years of commercial VBP studies and found mixed results. And from this information, it’s possible to formulate a… Read More »

A Look at the Progression of Value-Based Payment Models

For those in the value-based world, we have been on this journey for years. And we have witnessed and participated in CMS and CMMI creating and implementing various models.  Undoubtedly, some have been more successful than others, and there has been an ongoing debate concerning the impact on value-based payment models. Two of the major concerns that have… Read More »

Is Our Need for Choice Driving Up the Cost of Healthcare?

We are a country founded on individual rights. As a society, we have also decided that healthcare is a right of citizenship; we do not permit the denial of care based on one’s ability to pay. Unfortunately, the cost of the administrative components of the healthcare ecosystem is a burden on the overall cost of care. Many of… Read More »

When Should We Stop Certain Regulations?

In healthcare, we have become accustomed to ongoing Medicare regulatory oversight and changes. Many of these regulations are implemented to drive specific behaviors that are focused on improving quality and/or reducing costs. One such measure is the Medicare Two-Night Rule. This rule, created in 2013, was designed to replace the inappropriate inpatient admission status stays with what they… Read More »

Considering Different Payment Models for Primary Care

As we continue to focus on value-based care, how we design our value-based payment models continues to be critical. Historically, we have oversimplified the polarity by placing a fee-for-service on one end of the spectrum and global capitation payments on the opposite side. Thus, creating the idea that these two payment mechanisms are counter to each other, and… Read More »

Should Physician Offices Be Bill Collectors?

In our present financial models of healthcare reimbursement, the setup frequently places the physician and their practice staff in a real predicament. Consumers request that they deliver care during their time of need in a reverent and life-giving manner.  Additionally, they are required to collect your co-pay and/or co-insurance while simultaneously understanding your benefit plan, including how much… Read More »

Healthy Equity is A Critical Part of Value-Based Payment Models

As value-based payment models have continued to expand, this expansion has occurred in the more affluent communities. Additionally, communities with more socioeconomically vulnerable individuals were less likely to be selected for joint replacement bundles, another form of a value-based payment. A big reason for this lack of equitable distribution of value-based care, can be linked to the absence… Read More »

How Do We Support Primary Care?

Primary care in the United States accounts for more than one-half of all outpatient visits. Moreover, regardless of the clinical models, primary care is at the core. Unquestionably, primary care is at the center of health equity and preventive care. However, it receives a relatively modest proportion of resources, possesses no federal coordinating capacity, no dedicated research support,… Read More »

CMS STARS ratings – It’s Time for a Change

In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Program to create transparency on hospitals’ quality, by summarizing dozens of metrics on the Hospital Compare website. There was considerable consternation over the validity of the data. In addition to comparing all hospitals to each other, regardless of unique dynamics, all… Read More »