A study of data voluntarily submitted by commercial health plans to an independent, non-profit group working on behalf of large healthcare purchasers finds that only 11% of payments to providers are value-oriented. >>>
A senior finance executive explains how he hopes to help minimize the "natural conflict that exists between the forward-looking technology companies and process innovators and the retroactive-looking team at CMS." >>>
Researchers found that handoffs, a known risk factor for medical errors, increased 130% to 200% under rules limiting consecutive hourly duty limits for house staff interns. >>>
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio rule requires insurers to spend at least 80% or 85% of premiums on medical claims and quality improvement activities, or else pay rebates to consumers. >>>
A study of requests for MRI scans of patients' lumbar spines finds that more than half of the medical imaging tests were "substantially" inappropriate or of uncertain value. >>>
While healthcare executives have become more focused on expense management, a Moody's Investors Service analyst expects that not-for-profit hospitals will continue to endure a negative credit outlook for the near future because of challenges to top-line revenues. >>>
A geographic value index "would reward low-value providers in high-value regions and punish high-value providers in low-value regions," says a report by the Institute of Medicine. >>>
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