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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.

Academic centers must overcome costly traditions

Academic centers must overcome costly traditions

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

Mark Laret is CEO of UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, which reported operating revenue of $2.4 billion and an operating surplus of $159.4 million for the year ended June 30, 2014. Modern Healthcare reporter Beth Kutscher recently spoke with Laret about how academic medical centers need to...

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

Video: Lahey Health CEO Dr. Howard Grant on the push to full risk

Video: Lahey Health CEO Dr. Howard Grant on the push to full risk

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 02, 2015

Grant outlines the challenges that Lahey Health experienced as the system entered population health and details some of the system's early successes. Grant also explains how Lahey has moved toward risk-based contracts and why he believes his organization must make a rapid shift into full risk.

Q&A: Insurers don't want to share savings from reduced utilization

Q&A: Insurers don't want to share savings from reduced utilization

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 28, 2015

Modern Healthcare recently spoke with Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, about accountable care, tensions with insurers over starting a health insurance arm, and Memorial Hermann's shift to outpatient care.

Two ways to make ACOs work better

By Dr. Elliott Fisher, Judd Gregg and Dr. James Weinstein  |  March 28, 2015

New payment models adopted by Medicare and many health plans have clearly led to better care for patients. They also might be helping to slow the overall growth of healthcare spending.

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