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Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.

Harnessing the power of big data

Harnessing the power of big data

By Joseph Conn  |  July 09, 2016

With the federal government spending tens of billions of dollars to push healthcare providers to install electronic health record systems, health information technology has been at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare industry for most of the past decade.

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 18, 2016

The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.

Commentary: Revenue-cycle missteps in the era of value-based care

Commentary: Revenue-cycle missteps in the era of value-based care

By Jeff Goldsmith  |  June 07, 2016

It is widely understood that healthcare payment is shifting toward value-based care. What is not appreciated is that value-based payment rests on a ramshackle foundation: the unloved, partially automated and often poorly integrated healthcare revenue cycle.

CMS finalizes changes to  ACO cost targets

CMS finalizes changes to ACO cost targets

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 06, 2016

The CMS has finalized changes to the way it evaluates whether Medicare accountable care organizations are saving money, responding to persistent complaints that the program was harder for efficient providers because they had to compete against their own success.

As Phoenix booms, healthcare systems revamp to catch up

As Phoenix booms, healthcare systems revamp to catch up

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2016

The Phoenix metro area is booming. Once-sleepy neighborhoods are seeing real estate bidding wars. New housing developments are appearing where there once was nothing. Against that backdrop, healthcare in Phoenix is reorganizing as systems compete for patients and the doctors who refer them.

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