Good news, payers: You are well positioned to save a somewhat struggling health insurance industry. While, at times, payers have been deemed rather unpopular, this sets them up to be unlikely heroes, according to the Harvard Business Review.
In exclusive interviews with FiercePracticeManagement, Karen Jones, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer of the WellSpan Medical Group, and Lisa Letourneau, M.D., executive director of Maine Quality Counts, discuss the secrets behind their success of partnering with patients to improve primary care and what's next in their efforts to improve patient engagement.
Palliative care--long thought of mainly as a precursor to hospice care for patients with terminal illnesses--is not just for the dying anymore, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
Closely on the wings of CMS' proposed rule that would give some accountable care organizations a three-year reprieve before they receive penalties for failure to meet performance measures, 89 new ACOs have announced that will join the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a blog post this week.
In Missouri, a law passed earlier this year would give the green light to an entirely new form of midlevel provider: the assistant physician, according to a report from the Columbia Missourian. Assistant physicians, not to be confused with physician assistants, would be composed of medical school graduates who were unable to secure residencies.
Matters just keep getting worse for Veterans Affairs. The department continues to waste billions on elaborate, controversial projects even as it struggles to address urgent quality of care issues, according to a new CNN report.
Two hospitals hope to manage community and population health with the principle of "food as medicine," according to ABC News.
Amid the recent controversy over whether the Veterans Health Administration accurately reported the number of patients who died waiting for an appointment, a new report from the Washington Free Beacon sheds some light on just how many patients have been harmed while seeking care at VA facilities.
An analysis of adverse events reported to two databases found a need for improved reporting, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz.
Even if a hospital succeeds in cutting readmissions, it could still experience steep financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a new report by the Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness.