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Will Value-Based Payment Actually Work?

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By Shannon Firth | Apr. 18, 2017 The move toward value-based payment “sounds so good you can’t be against it, but that doesn’t really mean you’re for it,” according to Alan Weil, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, speaking at a briefing Tuesday. Weil, who moderated a series of panel discussions sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and […]

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Health IT ‘chasm’ prevents shift to value-based care, AMIA contends

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By Greg Slabodkin | Apr. 7, 2017 Despite the widespread adoption of electronic health record systems by providers, the existing healthcare information technology infrastructure is not designed to support the industry’s transition to value-based care from fee-for-service. That’s the message the American Medical Informatics Association delivered this week to lawmakers and their congressional staffs in […]

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The Rocky Road For Value-Based Orthopedic Care In The U.S.

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By Benjamin Li, Valentina Lim, and Durugshan Wijayakumar | Apr. 5, 2017 Healthcare and legislative leaders in the U.S. have made countless efforts to move away from a supply-driven healthcare system. This is attributable, in part, to an endless number of fraud cases, oversights leading to accidents and infections in hospitals, and, most importantly, dissatisfied […]

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To fix broken US healthcare system, deliver value, VA director says

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By Tom Sullivan | Apr. 4, 2017 Veterans Affairs director of value management Nathan Tierney said that focusing on outcomes, rather than cost, is the key to improving healthcare. “We know the healthcare system is broken,” Tierney said at the Pop Health Forum in Boston Tuesday. Tierney listed the global aging population, growing affluence, a rise […]

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Setting the bar for measuring patient outcomes

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By Gary Finnegan | Apr. 4, 2017 As head of the International Consortium on Healthcare Outcome Measurement (ICHOM), Christina Åkerman has made it her mission to turn the concept of value-based healthcare from buzz word to reality. “The challenge is to determine how we know we are getting good value from health services,” she told […]

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The Latest in the Move to Value-Based Reimbursement and Remaining Challenges

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By Laura Joszt | Apr. 4, 2017 Although there has been an increased interest in value-based contracting, the most common type, pay-for-performance, has had mixed results to date, and many challenges remain.   Panelists, during a session on value and value-based reimbursement at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting, held March 27-30 in […]

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American Health Care Act Has Been Pulled

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By Briana Vannozzi | Mar. 24, 2017 The day started with a series of frustrated tweets and an ultimatum from the president: Vote on the health care bill or Obamacare stays. Late last night congressional leaders made yet another amendment hoping to appeal to the conservative House Freedom Caucus. This time it was to strip […]

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Coming Face-to-Face with Unneeded Tests

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Mar. 20, 2017 When Yale’s Department of Emergency Medicine embarked on an overuse reduction program, it employed academic detailing—in which clinicians engage in face-to-face education with their peers about the value of particular tests and treatments—to reduce the number of unnecessary blood coagulation studies performed at Yale’s three emergency departments. Arjun Venkatesh, MD and chief […]

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