StrategyWorried About Costs of Complex Conditions, Employers Flock to Centers of Excellence
More than three-quarters of large and 'jumbo' employers report using a Centers of Excellence strategy, according to an Optum survey.
Clinical CareFocus on 3 Areas When Caring for Vision-Impaired Hospital Patients
Measures designed for vision-impaired patients include focusing on discharge and medication management, patient safety, and special accommodations.
Clinical CarePrior Authorization Fixes Still a Medicare Priority, Says CMS Chief
Process needs to be less burdensome, Verma says
CMS Expands Star Ratings for Exchange Health Plans
Starting with the 2020 enrollment period, Health Exchange plans in every state will be graded on a five-star quality rating....
StrategyDeadline Arrives to Express Interest in CMS Direct Contracting Model
After a delay, the deadline marks a moment of truth for a CMS payment model that some have heralded as...
Clinical CarePatient Experience, Care Quality Linked to Market Consolidation of Insurers and Hospitals
Insurer and hospital consolidation patterns impact the quality of medical services.
Clinical CareMayo Clinic Tops U.S. News Hospital Rankings for 4th Straight Year
The 30th annual version of the widely read rankings features mostly the same top 20 hospitals that made the list...
StrategyAzar and Verma: Competition, Value-Based Models Needed to Fix Our Cost Problem
Both the HHS secretary and CMS administrator cited the competition among Medicare Advantage plans as a model of success.
Clinical CareFollow 10 Tips to Improve Primary Care Quality
Advice for effective quality improvement includes devoting time and resources, gauging patient experience, and taking a persistent approach.
NursingMillennial Nurses Need Patient Connection to Thrive Professionally, Researcher Says
A study found that a lack of interpersonal connection with patients left millennial nurses feeling unfulfilled in their careers.
Clinical CareDoctor's Prescriptions for America's Broken Healthcare System
Compared to other Western democracies, Americans pay significantly more for medical services without garnering higher quality.
FinanceBCBSMA Chief: 'Controlling Costs and Simultaneously Improving Care is Possible'
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' alternative payment model slowed the rate of medical spending growth and improved patient care.