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.

AHA, Others Collaborate To Streamline Prior Authorization

A number of leading healthcare organizations recently released a consensus statement detailing their shared commitment to improving the prior authorization process. Read more to learn the steps they plan to take toward continuous improvement in quality of care and health outcomes.

For Elder Health, Trips To The ER Are Often A Tipping Point

Research shows the significant and negative impact a visit to the ER can have on an elderly person. Specifically, six months after visiting the ER, seniors are 14 percent more likely to have developed a disability than those with a similar illness, who didn’t admit to the ER. Learn how to help your older patients during and after a visit to the ER.

FDA Names Opioids, Drug Competition As Top 2018 Policy Goals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced their top priorities for 2018, which include reducing opioid misuse, promoting drug competition, enhancing its scientific workforce and using nutrition to reduce the likelihood and severity of disease. Continue reading to find out more about these focuses.

Big payment changes for remote patient monitoring and telehealth: What you need to know

In a recent ruling, CMS announced several changes for telehealth. Here are the three main takeaways.