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Too many treading water in movement to value-based care

Too many treading water in movement to value-based care

By Kevin Lofton  |  May 16, 2015

Few things are constant these days in the ever-changing world of healthcare, but there's one incontestable certainty in the mind of every leader responsible for plotting the strategic direction of a hospital or health system: Value-based payment is here—and it's here to stay.

Palliative care boosts ACO results

Palliative care boosts ACO results

By Bob Herman  |  May 09, 2015

In 2005, Dr. Robert Sawicki and his staff at OSF HealthCare, based in Peoria, Ill., decided they needed to do a better job of caring for terminally ill patients. OSF launched a palliative-care program that year, and has since made it an integral part of its accountable care organization structure.

Accountable care's rocky road

Accountable care's rocky road

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 09, 2015

Medicare's 32 Pioneer accountable care organizations posted mixed results after two years, revealing once again that making money from care coordination is proving a heavy lift for most provider organizations.

Report to measure Medicare's payment reform progress

Report to measure Medicare's payment reform progress

By Sabriya Rice and Melanie Evans  |  May 02, 2015

A major employer purchasing group will report this week on how much Medicare actually spends on value-based care, even as HHS has promised to greatly expand that payment model.

More gains in quality, but always room for improvement

More gains in quality, but always room for improvement

By Margaret O'Kane  |  April 30, 2015

Every year, the National Committee for Quality Assurance releases an annual State of Health Care Quality report. While the most recent report shows disappointing progress in key areas, it serves as an excellent blueprint to track where our healthcare system is making progress and identifies where...

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.

Video: Dr. Patrick Conway, the CMS' CMO

Video: Dr. Patrick Conway, the CMS' CMO

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 11, 2015

Dr. Patrick Conway, CMO and acting principal deputy administrator at the CMS, says the Obama administration's push to transform the healthcare system is yielding real results, even as some providers have struggled as the agency tinkers with the frameworks and benchmarks of its new models.

Standardizing care reduces costs, improves quality

Standardizing care reduces costs, improves quality

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 11, 2015

Joe Landsman, president and CEO of the University of Tennessee Medical Center, discusses his system's work on developing clinical pathways, how academic centers can compete with other hospitals and the prospects for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee.

Data Points for April 6, 2015

Data Points for April 6, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 6, 2015, covered the following topics: New health companies, VA construction costs, death rate on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, insurance exchanges, Medicare ACOs, uninsured immigrants

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