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NQF coalition calls for removing ineffective quality measures

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  March 16, 2017

As healthcare shifts into value-based purchasing, including in federal programs such as Medicare, the industry is still searching for the right balance of measures to gauge the quality and effectiveness of care.

Doctors, payers may dislike changes to primary-care model

Doctors, payers may dislike changes to primary-care model

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 21, 2017

A tweak in the way some providers are reimbursed under a new primary-care payment model could deter providers from joining the Medicare initiative known as Comprehensive Primary Care Plus.

ICER proposes updates to value assessment framework

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  February 01, 2017

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, the Boston-based not-for-profit whose reports assess the value of drugs for patients, published proposed updates Wednesday to the framework it uses in these evaluations.

Outpatient providers need better care transitions, too

Outpatient providers need better care transitions, too

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  January 28, 2017

Care transitions are often depicted as a patient's move out of the hospital and to the next destination, such as a post-acute care facility or back home. Far less attention is paid to other transitions in healthcare that quietly shape a patient's health outcomes.

Dirty instrument found at DMC; state may reopen investigation

Dirty instrument found at DMC; state may reopen investigation

By Crain's Detroit Business  |  January 19, 2017

Michigan regulators are reviewing whether to reopen an investigation of the Detroit Medical Center after a dirty surgical tool was intercepted before a surgery just one day after the state ended its investigation at the healthcare system, The Detroit News reported.

ACA increased breast cancer screening rate

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  January 10, 2017

Since the Affordable Care Act eliminated certain out-of-pocket costs, the mammography rate has increased, according to a study published Monday.

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