The most well-known of a series of hospital rankings is a powerful marketing tool, but one observer says he is troubled that none of the various "rating schemes" use state and federal inspection data in their evaluations. >>>
Seven of the nine participants in CMS's pilot program for accountable care organizations are applying to transition to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, while two are abandoning the program completely. >>>
Plus ACO, a partnership between Texas Health Resources and North Texas Specialty Physicians, has plans to leave the Pioneer ACO program by mid-August, but the two organizations say they are open to "remaining in the [Pioneer] ACO program if we can find an economically viable way to do so." >>>
Disease management expert and author Al Lewis lays out his case against health-contingent wellness programs: The concept of health risk assessments "is advice opposite of what doctors tell you to do. The arithmetic can't save money. Every vendor who reports savings lies." >>>
Some of the biggest cuts are aimed at independent testing laboratories, which see 26% of their fees slashed, followed by radiation therapy centers, which may lose 13% under CMS's "particularly complicated," proposed changes. >>>
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health and witnesses spent more than two hours Tuesday debating the value of the employer mandate and the potential impact of its delay, at times testily. >>>
A house subcommittee will have another chance next week to amend a draft proposal to kill the sustainable growth rate formula. Without a "doc fix" in place, physicians who treat Medicare patients will face a 24.4% cut in reimbursement rates in 2014. >>>
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