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Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

Editorial: Payment reform tests positive

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 07, 2018

New analyses of the major payment reforms begun during the Obama years suggest they do in fact lower healthcare spending. While the savings are small, they provide a strong argument for HHS Secretary Alex Azar to step up the pace of value-based reimbursement reform.

Mandatory joint pay model slashes spending in just eight months

Mandatory joint pay model slashes spending in just eight months

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 06, 2018

The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model led to a drop in spending on seniors in need of joint replacements in just eight months. The speed of results surprised federal researchers as it usually takes much longer for models to show value.

Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017

Medicare ACOs saved CMS $314 million in 2017

By Maria Castellucci and Virgil Dickson  |  August 30, 2018

The 472 Medicare ACOs generated a total of $1.1 billion in savings in 2017, allowing the CMS to make a $313.7 million gain from the program after dishing out bonuses. The savings come as the CMS looks to overhaul the program.

Value-based purchasing programs tougher for academic hospitals

Value-based purchasing programs tougher for academic hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 08, 2018

A Navigant study found 24% of academic medical centers received penalties for their performance on three of the CMS' value-based payment programs in fiscal 2018 while 13.7% of community hospitals received penalties.

MIPS on track to be SGR 2.0 if not fixed, doctors say

MIPS on track to be SGR 2.0 if not fixed, doctors say

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 26, 2018

During a congressional hearing, leaders from key medical societies accused the CMS of attempting to undermine Congress' work to help doctors move to value-based care as part of MACRA.

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