Stakeholders, including representatives from the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Hospital Association, have drafted new best practices for providers to communicate with patients who are becoming increasingly responsible for a greater proportion of their healthcare costs. >>>
Hospitals and health systems are getting squeezed at both ends of the revenue spectrum. To survive they must effectively integrate a number of healthcare services and add value. But how? >>>
The Maryland health plan, 3,600 primary care providers-strong, says it has saved $136 million in projected healthcare costs over two years through its large-scale network of patient-centered medical homes. >>>
Primary care physicians have 3% of their total compensation based on quality measures, but doctors will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures, Medical Group Management Association data suggests. >>>
Faced with few ACO options, physicians are increasingly considering merging their practices, which would enable them to reduce expenses and wield more clout in negotiations. >>>
Dying patients are more likely to receive less intense medical care than in the recent past. The cost of that healthcare, however, provided by hospitals, physicians, and hospice, continues to rise, says a Dartmouth Atlas report. >>>
Class arbitration has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a dispute over payments to physicians by a health plan. >>>
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