Healthcare Headlines: November 2019

By Kindred Healthcare

Medicare Shared Savings ACOs Generated $1.7b In Savings In 2018

CMS announced that the 2018 Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $1.7 billion in total savings. It also reported that ACOs in the shared savings and risk-based models saw reductions in per-enrollee spending. ACOs that took on downside risk generated more savings than ACOs that did not. See the full report for more on how ACOs are trending. Read more

Number Of Certified Physician Assistants Surging

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 31% growth in the PA profession from 2018 to 2028, which the federal agency characterizes as "much faster than average" compared to other occupations. With the anticipated physician shortage, many think that physician assistant participation in clinical care teams is the solution. Check out the full analysis for more on the shifting role of PAs. Read more

CDC Updates Guidelines To Prevent Infections In Health Care Personnel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update to its 1998 guidelines to prevent and control infection in the health care workplace. While the guidelines are intended for health care leaders and staff who address workplace health and safety, the guidelines themselves apply to a broader range of health care settings than before. Read the full guidelines for more on ways to prevent infections in your setting. Read more

More ACOs Taking On Downside Risk, Analysis Finds

Research shows that ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program are increasingly moving toward downside financial risk through value-based contracts. The percentage participating in downside risk programs has grown from 2% the first performance year of the MSSP (2012) to approximately 30%. Check out the full article for more on these trends and the implications of downside risk. Read more

60% Of Younger Patients Will Switch Healthcare Providers Over A Poor Digital Experience: Survey

Half of consumers say they are frustrated about their provider’s lack of adoption of digital administrative processes, such as online bill pay, access to insurance information and digital pre-appointment forms, according to a recent survey. What’s more striking is that many patients are willing to ditch their healthcare providers for their slow adoption of modern technology – 41% said they would stop going while 1 in 5 said they had already stopped or switched providers over a poor digital experience. Read the full article to avoid these pitfalls. Read more

Rapid Expansion Of Telehealth Comes With New Challenges

The growth of telehealth is being met with regulatory risk that is largely due to the interplay between state regulations and federal policies, and the fact that state regulations widely vary from one to the next. See the full text to learn more about how these challenges, especially those related to reimbursement, are inhibiting the full potential of these new delivery methods. Read more

Knock Pressure Injury Rates Down To Zero: 5 Ways

In 2018, the Dermal Defense Team at Temple University Hospital set out to achieve zero Stage 3 and Stage 4 pressure injuries developed by patients after a hospital admission. Through education, risk assessment, and other prevention protocols, the goal was met. Learn the 5 strategies they used to achieve success in preventing pressure injuries. Read more

By Kindred Healthcare