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  • Provider groups call for alignment of value-based models

    In response to a CMS request for information on ways to reduce administration burdens in health care, the American Medical Group Association and the Medical Group Management Association each submitted comments urging the agency to streamline and accelerate the transition to value-based care. Both groups advised the CMS to reduce the number of quality measures for health care providers participating in value-based care models and to create more consistent waivers and rules across value-based care programs. Becker's Hospital CFO Report (8/13) Learn More

  • Study: Tricare closes racial disparities in cardiac care

    Race makes no difference in the quality of coronary surgical care rendered under Tricare, according to a study in Health Affairs. Researchers analyzed prescriptions of statins and beta blockers and 30-day readmission rates after coronary artery bypass grafting and found no differences between African American and white patients using Tricare, suggesting that the program may be a model for other health programs, lead author Muhammad Ali Chaudhary said. WBUR-FM (Boston) (8/8) Learn More

  • CMS notification plan gets support, pushback

    Physician and hospital groups and accountable care organizations offered support and concerns about a CMS plan to require hospitals to tell primary care physicians when their patients are admitted to, transferred or discharged from the hospital. Physician concerns include data overload while hospitals are concerned about the penalty for failing to provide the information. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/14) Learn More

  • More employers expected to focus on advanced primary care next year

    More large employers are expected to back away from offering high-deductible health plans coupled with health savings accounts next year, and instead provide employees with more plan choices, according to a survey from the National Business Group on Health. To reduce costs and improve health care quality, employers are shifting their focus to improving primary care, and about half of them said they plan to implement at least one advanced primary care strategy next year, which include steering patients to physician-based accountable care organizations, providing on-site care services or offering nontraditional virtual care services. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (8/13) Learn More

  • Visual software in EHR improves treatment of chronic wounds

    Software that graphs wound dimensions over time in a patient's EHR enabled timely treatment that improved the healing rate by more than 46% over the pre-study average for patients with open sores caused by chronic venous insufficiency, researchers reported in the Journal for Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. Health care teams used an infographic to track wound closure progress instead of relying only on clinician notes and found the system wasn't any more time-consuming than standard visit documentation but led to better longitudinal results, vascular surgeon Ulka Sachdev said. Health Data Management (free registration) (8/14) Learn More

  • Study finds low cardiac rehab referral rates after cardiac ICU discharge

    Healio (free registration) (8/13) Learn More

  • Study finds no improvements in diabetes care, gaps persisting

    Healio (free registration) (8/12) Learn More


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