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  • 561 ACOs participating in Medicare Shared Savings Program

    According to the CMS, 561 accountable care organizations will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program this year -- 124 new participants, 372 continuing participants and 65 organizations that renewed agreements -- covering 10.5 million lives. The majority of ACOs will be in the upside-only Track 1, but 55 will be in Track 1+, which transitions participants toward accepting some downside risk, eight will be in Track 2 and 38 will be in Track 3, both of which carry downside risk. RevCycle Intelligence (1/10) Learn More

  • Group issues updated guidance on recommendations for contact precautions

    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America has released updated guidance regarding recommendations on contact precautions to prevent the transmission of multidrug-resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in hospitals. The recommendations, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, say clinicians should consider the amount of time elapsed since the last positive sample. Medscape (free registration) (1/12) Learn More

  • Focused health care facilities are prime targets for bundled care

    The concept of the focused factory has been proved effective in transplant, trauma and cancer centers, and a focused-factory-style health care provider is an attractive partner for accountable care organizations, write Suzanne Delbanco and Roslyn Murray. However, many highly specialized practices and facilities are paid through conventional models that offer no incentive to reduce costs and eliminate unneeded services, making them ripe for bundled care arrangements, Delbanco and Murray write. Health Affairs Blog (1/10) Learn More

  • Study shows distinct practice patterns based on residency training

    Nonuniversity-based residency-trained surgeons performed more procedures than those with university-based residency training, and did proportionally more procedures in an outpatient setting, a study in JAMA Surgery found. Researchers said while both groups have distinct practice patterns, there were no differences in inpatient outcomes after controlling for patient, procedure and hospital factors. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/12) Learn More

  • Cardiology group issues framework for innovation in value-based care

    The American College of Cardiology recently published a health policy statement and framework on digital health, big data and precision medicine and their importance in developing patient-centered, value-based care models. Telehealth, virtual care and similar technologies can both streamline clinical workflows and increase access to care, and broadening patient access to health information can drive patient-centered innovation, the ACC notes. Health IT Analytics (1/12) Learn More

  • Texas medical center curbs unneeded testing, care with patient risk program

    The THA Smart Ribbon program, developed by the Texas Hospital Association, provides physicians with real-time risk and cost data for patients, such as medications and lab results, via a ribbon image applied to a hospital's EMR system. The program allowed Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple to reduce unnecessary care and testing, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Sibbitt. Becker's Hospital Review (1/11) Learn More

  • CDC map charts US success in reducing antibiotic resistance

    Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/11) Learn More