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ACO Payments May Hinge More on Geography than Quality

John Commins

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the shared-savings payments that participating providers receive in the Medicare Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO programs might be more dependent upon location than performance. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Plan Would Tie Efficiency Scores to Hospital Payments

Efficiency scores measure cost per Medicare beneficiary at acute care hospitals and could mean as much as $200,000 for every $1 million of incentive payments in the value-based purchasing pool. But some hospitals say the scores are neither fair nor accurate. >>>

Hospital Readmissions, Mortality Incentives Alarmingly Misaligned

Why does the Affordable Care Act impose much stiffer financial penalties on hospitals with higher 30-day readmission rates than for hospitals with higher 30-day mortality? Isn't preventing death, the ultimate bad outcome, much more important to incentivize? >>>

Not-For-Profit Hospitals Eye Continued Low Revenue Growth

The dim forecast for revenue growth is due mostly to flat volumes and payer pressures, but hospital operating performance is showing stability and hospital managers are finding cuts that have improved profits, says a Moody's analyst. >>>

Automation and the Healthcare Cost Curve

Why is healthcare historically a slow adopter of potentially labor-saving, and thus cost-saving, techniques and technology? Lack of urgency is one reason, but with margins under increasing threat, that thinking may be changing. >>>

Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>



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News Headlines

MA payment-reform bill would overhaul how healthcare providers are paid

The Washington Post, May 2, 2012

ARH hospital chain seeks emergency injunction against Medicaid contractor

The Lexington Herald-Leader, May 2, 2012

Hospitals could face rate freeze in MD

The Washington Post, May 2, 2012

Memorial Health CEO defends $1M severance pay package

The Gazette, May 2, 2012

Stop suing patients, NAACP tells Carolinas HealthCare System

The Charlotte Observer, May 2, 2012

Population Health Management Necessarily Leads with a Loss

HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2012

In Transfusion, More Blood Means More Risk, Higher Cost

HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2012

What Physician Practice Ownership Really Means

HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2012

How Predictive Modeling Cuts Readmissions

HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2012

Community Engagement Roles Here to Stay

HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012



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Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>

 

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Hospitals Scrutinize ACOs


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