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Telemedicine Success Often Hinges on Aligning Providers and Payers

11/23/17 | mHealth Intelligence | Eric Wicklund Sometimes a telemedicine service can offer too much value to let a little thing like reimbursement stand in the way. For a group of seven community health centers in Massachusetts, that service is teledermatology. Faced with an average wait time of four months to see a dermatologist, these CHCs, […]

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Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs

New York Times | 11/12/17 | ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE WASHINGTON — For several decades, a consensus has grown that reining in the United States’ $3.2 trillion annual medical bill begins with changing the way doctors are paid: Instead of compensating them for every appointment, service and procedure, they should be paid based on the […]

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How are states faring with value-based payment initiatives?

Beckers Hospital Review | 11/13/17 | Kelly Gooch While the federal government has moved forward implementation of value-based payment initiatives such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, many states are making their own initiative efforts, according to a study commissioned by Change Healthcare. For the study, researchers examined various publicly available information between May […]

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A majority of states are now buying into value-based care

Healthcare IT News | 11/13/17 | Beth Jones Sanborn Alternative payments models and value-based care have definitely taken root across the United States, according to a new national study commissioned by Change Healthcare. The study found that more than 40 states are pursuing value-based payment programs, with 15 multi-payer initiatives across those states. The study was […]

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How Value-Based Care Is Changing Population Health

US News | 11/1/2017 Gaby Galvin For one patient in his late 40s, near-weekly trips to the emergency room were the norm this summer as he battled frequent asthma attacks in the New York metro area. That is, they were the norm until Mark Rosenberg, the emergency department chief of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, found […]

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The New Normal: How Value-Based Care Is Reaching More Patients at One Insurer

AJMC | 10/26/17 Mary Caffrey   While Congress has spent much of the year debating the fate of “Obamacare,” healthcare transformation continues among payers and in practices. The quest for “patient-centered” care—which focuses on prevention, involves patients in decisions, and rewards physicians for keeping people healthy instead of paying them for every test or procedure—is […]

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Horizon BCBSNJ reports big savings through its value-based care initiative

NJBiz | 10/25/17 Vince Calio The state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, saw a 50 percent increase in patient enrollments in its value-based, “patient-centered” programs in 2016. The total number of patients in those programs is now 1.5 million, and patients connected to the insurers value-based provider network accounted […]

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