Healthcare Headlines: June 2018

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Advisory Panel Recommends Physician-Focused Payment Models to HHS

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee recently submitted four recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services. Read more

CMS Says Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal

A recent publication from Administrator Seema Verma of the CMS states that more than 90% of clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program. Read more

Senate Committee Eyes Global Budgets For Rural Providers

Recently, a key Senate committee pledged to rethink the Medicare payment policy for rural hospitals, acknowledging that Congress will have to help those providers facing ever-tightening margins and potential closures. Critics of the current payment system say it is outdated as it was designed around high volume and frequency of inpatient stays. Read more

AHA Issue Brief on Meeting Complex Needs of Older Adults Across Care Settings

A new AHA issue brief offers a sample practice model to help hospitals and health systems meet the complex needs of older adults across care settings. Read more

CDC Survey: Uninsured Rate Unchanged in 2017

A recent CDC report found that the uninsured rate in 2017 was about the same as in 2016 – an estimated 9.1% of U.S. residents, or 29.3 million people. The report further breaks down these findings by various demographics and insurance marketplace types. Read more