Hospitals want to delay a key Obamacare program
In 2011, the Obama administration settled on 32 health care systems, scattered across the country, to lead the Affordable Care Act's most ambitious cost-control effort. These hospitals and doctors would move Medicare away from paying doctors for volume—and toward paying for value. The group was given a name that has stuck: the pioneers. When I asked the Advisory Board's Chas Roades to describe the group, he called them "The Lewis and Clarks of hospitals." "They're really exploring new territory," says Roades, who oversees research for the hospital consulting firm. These Lewis and Clarks have-as many pioneers do, when faced with new territory-hit some choppy water. A year into their endeavor, they are demanding changes and delays to some of the act's programs central tenants.
- 'Kafkaesque' Value System Unfairly Penalizes Doctor Pay
- Proton Beam Therapy Poised for Growth in US
- mHealth Tackles Readmissions
- CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- 4 Crucial Tactics for Reining in Healthcare Cost
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- How, and Why, to Recruit Male Nurses
- Docs Fret as HHS Addresses Malpractice Reporting 'Loopholes'
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013