• Healthcare Headlines: February 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare tags: ACOs, AHA, CMS, Elder health, Opioids
    Healthcare Headlines

    Risk-Averse ACOs Miss Out On Nearly $1 Billion In Savings

    Under MACRA, the majority of accountable care organizations in zero-risk contracts would benefit from an additional $966 million in savings if they took on downside risk, according to a new report. Read the full analysis here.

    CMS unveils new bundled payment model: Here's what you need to know

    The CMS' new voluntary bundled-payment model increases the potential of financial bonuses and greater flexibility for health systems and physicians. Read more to find out how you could benefit.

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    The Data Are In, But Debate Rages: Are Hospital Readmission Penalties A Good Idea?

    Research has begun to assess the impacts of financial incentives for hospitals to reduce readmissions. Preliminary data is coming in and already experts, looking at the same numbers, are reaching different conclusions. Read more

    CMS Adds Star Ratings, Patient Experience To Physician Compare Site

    Patient experience scores and star ratings have been added to the Physician Compare website for patients and caregivers to review. The site will now display physicians' 2016 performance under the Physician Quality Reporting System as star ratings as well as feature "group pages" that show the overall performance of a physician practice instead of individual doctors. Read more

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  • The Evolving Role of Primary Care

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    Primary care physicians increasingly play a key role in Healthcare Reform and other efforts encouraging innovative approaches to care for a rapidly aging population. These initiatives share a common goal of improving patient outcomes, preventing hospitalizations and reducing costs to the system. Read Full Post
  • Understanding MACRA: Your Quick Reference Guides

    By Kindred Healthcare tags:
    If you aren’t ready for the impact of MACRA, now is the time to prepare. Even though the CMS released the final rule on MACRA implementation in 2016, and the first performance period under MACRA began in January 2017, there still seems to be a lot of confusion as to what it actually is. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: December 2017

    By Kindred Healthcare tags: CMS, cybersecurity, online reviews, tax bills
    Healthcare Headlines

    Report: Hospitals Enhance Antibiotics Stewardship, Continue To Reduce MRSA

    According to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services, hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to incorporate the core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

    Verma announces CMS initiative to revise, simplify quality measures under federal health care programs

    CMS recently announced a new federal initiative aimed to simplify quality measures, reduce regulatory burdens, and prompt innovation in the health care industry as it moves toward value-based payments. Read more

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    CMS Wants Docs To Spend More Time On Patients, Less On Paperwork

    CMS just launched an initiative aimed to resolve the growing concerns that its regulations are reducing the time providers spend with patients. Read more

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    Burnout Among Hospitalists

    Study reveals that burnout rates among hospitalists compared with those of general internists who practice in outpatient settings do not differ greatly; however, the groups do differ in the top symptoms they experience. 

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  • The Latest Research on Combating Physician Burnout

    By Marc Rothman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Kindred Healthcare tags: Physician Burnout
    The latest statistics on physician burnout are startling; including a 28% increase in burnout rates in just four years and a claim by 54% of physicians that their morale is somewhat or very negative. To avoid the damaging effects of burnout, key strategies to mitigate the top drivers of burnout should be implemented in provider practices quickly. Read Full Post
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    CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

    The CBO estimates that ending cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years, something President Trump is considering. Read more

    End-Of-Life Advice: More Than 500,000 Chat On Medicare’s Dime

    2016 was the first year health care providers were allowed to bill for an advance-care planning session and nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took advantage. Read more

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    'Repeal and replace' isn't dead yet: Trump meets with key senators on new proposal

    Trump urged Senate Republicans not to give up on trying to repeal the ACA and is exploring Lindsey Graham’s (S.C.) reform proposal as a potential option. Read more

    Medicare’s Financial Outlook Slightly Improved, Trustees Say

    The financial outlook for Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund improved in the past year due to health costs rising more slowly than expected and predictions that enrollees will use hospital services less often. Read more

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