Category Archives: Healthcare Spending

Advanced Primary Care Initiatives Reduce Hospital Admissions, ED Visits: CMS

Preliminary findings from two advanced primary care initiatives from CMS show decreased hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) visits, CMS officials report. The two large-scale tests of advanced primary care—the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary … finish reading Advanced Primary Care Initiatives Reduce Hospital Admissions, ED Visits: CMS

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2015 Hospital Market Will Hasten Transition to Value-Based Payment Business Model

The 2015 economic outlook for the hospital industry continues to favor the largest, most geographically diverse health systems in the market, according to a new forecast from BDC Advisors, a national healthcare consulting firm. The positive outlook for large non-profit … finish reading 2015 Hospital Market Will Hasten Transition to Value-Based Payment Business Model

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Pioneer, MSSP ACOs Save More Than $372 Million, Improve Patient Care: CMS

ACOs in the Pioneer ACO model and Medicare Shared Savings Programs (MSSP) generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, according to the CMS. The news is drawn from preliminary quality and financial results from the … finish reading Pioneer, MSSP ACOs Save More Than $372 Million, Improve Patient Care: CMS

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Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

Frequent home visits combined with multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The number and … finish reading Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

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U.S. Fees for Drugs, Medical Procedures Still Exceed Costs in Surveyed Nations

The United States continues to have the highest fees for drugs and various medical procedures of those countries surveyed for the 2013 Comparative Price Report, according to results from the Data International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) annual survey of … finish reading U.S. Fees for Drugs, Medical Procedures Still Exceed Costs in Surveyed Nations

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Proposed Bill Would Ease Readmissions Penalities for Hospitals That Treat Many Dual Eligibles

A proposed bill in the House of Representatives could ease readmissions penalties on hospitals that treat a high percentage of dual eligible patients if it becomes law, according to the office of Rep. Jim Renacci. The bill, “Establishing Beneficiary Equity … finish reading Proposed Bill Would Ease Readmissions Penalities for Hospitals That Treat Many Dual Eligibles

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HSAs Growing, Health Reimbursement Accounts Declining for First Time

While account-based health plans continue to expand, a shift in account types may suggest a change in how the accounts are funded, according to new research from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The latest data, from the 2013 … finish reading HSAs Growing, Health Reimbursement Accounts Declining for First Time

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CMS, Maryland Work to Modernize State’s Healthcare System

CMS and the state of Maryland have launched a new initiative designed to modernize Maryland’s unique all-payor rate-setting system for hospital services aimed at improving patient health and reducing costs. It will replace Maryland’s 36-year-old Medicare waiver and allow the … finish reading CMS, Maryland Work to Modernize State’s Healthcare System

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National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

Slower growth in prescription drug, nursing home, private health insurance, and Medicare expenditures contributed to low overall healthcare costs for the fourth consecutive year, according to the CMS’s office of the Actuary. The report also found that the Affordable Care … finish reading National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

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Leading Healthcare Executives Optimistic About Healthcare Reform

Nearly two-thirds of the nation’s leading healthcare executives believe the healthcare system will be somewhat or significantly better by 2020 than it is today as a result of national healthcare reform, according to a study published in the Health Affairs … finish reading Leading Healthcare Executives Optimistic About Healthcare Reform

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