Medical imaging use in the U.S. has dropped significantly after years of widespread growth, leading to curtailed hiring, equipment purchases and reduced access to the technology thanks to cuts in federal reimbursement and new coding arrangements, according to a new study.
Hospitals hope the delayed start of Obama-era bundled-payment initiatives for cardiac and orthopedic care will lead to voluntary participation in the demonstrations.
Alternative payment models are on the rise as health care organizations begin to implement MACRA and look for opportunities to improve care while reducing costs. Bundled payments may be an option for organizations just beginning to test the waters of APMs.
For now, it's a delay of three months, but the CMS is considering pushing back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program and its cardiac bundles until 2018.
Bundled payments are fraught with surprises and challenges, but adopting a value-based payment mindset can have far reaching benefits to patients, physicians and hospitals.
Q&A with Geoff Martha, EVP and President of Medtronic Restorative Therapies Group, on how hospitals can improve patient outcomes and achieve success with care episodes and bundled payment models.
A new study adds fuel to a crucial debate in the ongoing push away from volume and toward value: whether paying a set price for a procedure drives hospitals and doctors simply to perform more of them.
Changes to the Affordable Care Act are inevitable in 2017. One often mentioned ACA target is the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Medicare's test-bed for value-based payment models.
The CMS is moving ahead with a new initiative that would make hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks. But its critics include the man likely to be the next HHS secretary.
The demand for bundled payments has come primarily from employers, who want predictable medical costs and better quality of care for employees, UnitedHealthcare said.
The upcoming presidential election will have far-reaching consequences on the future of healthcare in the U.S., but no matter the results, the changes already forged by the Affordable Care Act are here to stay, a panel of policy and legal experts said this week.
A Q&A featuring Dr. Byron Scott on what you need to know regarding CMS' new cardiac bundle.