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  • HRRP adjustments lead to fewer hospitals at penalty risk

    The addition of the peer-group-stratified payment-adjustment method to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 led to 14% fewer hospitals being subject to a penalty, compared with 2018, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. The new model up-classified 2.80% of hospitals, putting them into penalty status, and down-classified 6.83% of hospitals to a nonpenalty status. Medscape (free registration) (5/22) Learn More

  • AHA/ASA endorse 4-tier hospital system for acute stroke care

    An updated policy statement endorsed by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, published in the journal Stroke, outlined a four-tier hospital system for acute stroke care. The tiers include primary stroke centers, thrombectomy-capable stroke centers, comprehensive stroke centers and certified acute stroke-ready hospitals. MedPage Today (free registration) (5/20) Learn More

  • Study: 30-day readmission rates among PCPs show little variation

    Hospital readmission rates among primary care physicians in Texas from 2008 to 2015 showed little variation, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The mean risk-standardized 30-day readmission rate was 12.9% for the period from 2012 to 2015 and just one of 4,230 PCPs had a significantly higher rate. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (5/20) Learn More

  • Survey reveals more physician revenue derived from VBC contracts

    A survey of 75 multispecialty medical organizations, integrated delivery systems and independent physician groups revealed that 56% of their revenue from federal programs in 2018 involved value-based models, compared with 45% in 2015, while 28% of their total commercial revenue came from risk-based contracts, up from 22% in 2015. The findings suggest expanded access to administrative claims data, consistent data submission and reporting, and improved care management and data analytics capabilities could facilitate additional risk sharing. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (5/21) Learn More

  • Cost savings increase with workforce quality standards, study says

    The National Association for Healthcare Quality has issued a study that outlines 486 behavior-based competencies recommended for a quality workforce. Lifespan Health System of Rhode Island said it has saved about $12 million by putting a greater focus on workforce quality. Healthcare Finance (5/16) Learn More

  • ONC: Difficulties remain for doctors in EHR sharing between systems

    A data brief by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT found that there was no change in the rate of physicians' electronic sending and receiving of health data between 2015 and 2017. Only about 10% of doctors engaged in each of the four domains of interoperability in 2015 and 2017, but the report said engagement numbers were higher for physicians who used certified EHRs and were in value-based payment models. Health Data Management (free registration) (5/21) Learn More

  • Drugmakers beginning to embrace value-based care

    Business Insider (subscription required) (5/22) Learn More


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