Let's acknowledge that the CMS star-rating system spurs activities that raise costs without improving outcomes and begin rethinking the concept of quality measurement in healthcare.
Payment reform is a way to use financial incentives to change behavior and potentially drive delivery reforms that improve outcomes. We need bold experimentation and rigorous evaluation to figure out how to get it right, Suzanne Delbanco writes.
Hospital at Home provides hospital-level service in the patient's own home at a fraction of the cost of hospitalization. Health systems are prepared to launch such programs, which would save Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars, once an appropriate payment model is in place.
Following the recent Texas ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, beyond the legalities, we need to look long and carefully at the potential human cost of this litigation.
Commentary: It's time for a 21st century Hill-Burton plan, not to build hospitals but to re-invent healthcare
Healthcare leaders know that the world is changing, and that they should refocus and become a force for health creation and preservation in their communities. But they need incentives to make the change.
There's now a strong understanding that social factors can have a greater impact on health and well-being than clinical care. Health systems should use that knowledge to improve the health of their own employees as well as their patients.
It's been suggested that doctors and hospitals have no business weighing in on solutions to gun violence. And yet, hospitals across America rescue gunshot victims every day. And all too often, that violence comes into the hospital.
Immigration policy changes proposed by the Trump administration have the potential to reverse gains made in healthcare access and trust earned in our communities.
Solving gender workforce disparities will require every leader to accept responsibility for the bias that stops the majority of those they lead and serve to advance and perform to the best of their abilities, Harvard's Dr. Julie K. Silver says.
Firearms violence is a serious public health issue in America, and emergency physicians are on the front lines. My colleagues and I see and treat the victims of this senseless and tragic violence every day in our emergency departments.
A rule change under consideration by the CMS would allow states to opt out of the requirement that they provide non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries. The change could increase costs, severely limit access to care and lead to negative health outcomes.
While the challenges providers face continuously change, there is one constant: the critical role group purchasing organizations play in helping providers care for patients. Year after year, GPOs find innovative ways to help providers save money while enhancing quality of care.