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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212967/decision-making-on-medical-innovations-in-a-changing-health-care-environment-insights-from-accountable-care-organizations-and-payers-on-personalized-medicine-and-other-technologies
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Julia R Trosman, Christine B Weldon, Michael P Douglas, Patricia A Deverka, John B Watkins, Kathryn A Phillips
BACKGROUND: New payment and care organization approaches, such as those of accountable care organizations (ACOs), are reshaping accountability and shifting risk, as well as decision making, from payers to providers, within the Triple Aim context of health reform. The Triple Aim calls for improving experience of care, improving health of populations, and reducing health care costs. OBJECTIVES: To understand how the transition to the ACO model impacts decision making on adoption and use of innovative technologies in the era of accelerating scientific advancement of personalized medicine and other innovations...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211787/clinical-factors-influencing-the-decision-to-order-red-blood-cell-transfusions-for-a-sample-of-us-dialysis-patients%C3%A2
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J Mark Stephens, John P Caloyeras, John Holmen, Victoria A Kumar, Spiros Tzivelekis, Allan Pollock
AIM: To characterize the clinical context for the decision to order red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in dialysis patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of medical records from three integrated health systems serving chronic dialysis patients. Subjects were randomly selected from all patients who received at least one transfusion between January 2009 and December 2013. Data abstracted included transfusion setting, prescribing clinician type, patient demographics and hemoglobin (Hb) concentration prior to transfusion, and cataloguing and prioritizing of clinical factors for their contribution to the decision to transfuse...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187994/defining-the-value-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-prostate-brachytherapy-using-time-driven-activity-based-costing
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Nikhil G Thaker, Peter F Orio, Louis Potters
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) simulation and planning for prostate brachytherapy (PBT) may deliver potential clinical benefits but at an unknown cost to the provider and healthcare system. Time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) is an innovative bottom-up costing tool in healthcare that can be used to measure the actual consumption of resources required over the full cycle of care. TDABC analysis was conducted to compare patient-level costs for an MRI-based versus traditional PBT workflow. TDABC cost was only 1% higher for the MRI-based workflow, and utilization of MRI allowed for cost shifting from other imaging modalities, such as CT and ultrasound, to MRI during the PBT process...
February 7, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169976/the-impact-of-alternative-payment-in-chronically-ill-and-older-patients-in-the-patient-centered-medical-home
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Claudia A Salzberg, Asaf Bitton, Stuart R Lipsitz, Cal Franz, Shimon Shaykevich, Lisa P Newmark, Japneet Kwatra, David W Bates
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has gained prominence as a promising model to encourage improved primary care delivery. There is a paucity of studies that evaluate the impact of payment models in the PCMH. OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine whether coupling coordinated, team-based care transformation plan with a novel reimbursement model affects outcomes related to expenditures and utilization. RESEARCH DESIGN: Interrupted time-series model with a difference-in-differences approach to assess differences between intervention and control groups, across time periods attributable to PCMH transformation and/or payment change...
February 6, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167725/little-evidence-exists-to-support-the-expectation-that-providers-would-consolidate-to-enter-new-payment-models
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Hannah T Neprash, Michael E Chernew, J Michael McWilliams
Provider consolidation has been associated with higher health care prices and spending. The prevailing wisdom is that payment reform will accelerate consolidation, especially between physicians and hospitals and among physician groups, as providers position themselves to bear financial risk for the full continuum of patient care. Drawing on data from a number of sources from 2008 onward, we examined the relationship between Medicare's accountable care organization (ACO) programs and provider consolidation. We found that consolidation was under way in the period 2008-10, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the ACO programs...
February 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157409/external-factors-that-influence-the-practice-of-radiology-proceedings-of-the-international-society-for-strategic-studies-in-radiology-meeting
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Geoffrey D Rubin, Barbara J McNeil, András Palkó, James H Thrall, Gabriel P Krestin, Ada Muellner, Herbert Y Kressel
In both the United States and Europe, efforts to reduce soaring health care costs have led to intense scrutiny of both standard and innovative uses of imaging. Given that the United States spends a larger share of its gross domestic product on health care than any other nation and also has the most varied health care financing and delivery systems in the world, it has become an especially fertile environment for developing and testing approaches to controlling health care costs and value. This report focuses on recent reforms that have had a dampening effect on imaging use in the United States and provides a glimpse of obstacles that imaging practices may soon face or are already facing in other countries...
February 4, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152825/association-of-high-rates-of-practice-level-inpatient-intensity-with-end-of-life-outcomes-readmission-rates-and-weekend-hospitalizations-among-medicare-patients-with-cancer
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Larisa M Strawbridge, Thomas William LeBlanc, Bradley G Hammill, Arif Kamal
: 5 Background: Substantial practice-level variation exists in use of acute hospital care for patients receiving anti-cancer therapy. The aim of this study was to determine whether patient outcomes were associated with greater inpatient-intensity at the treating practices. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 397,646 Medicare beneficiaries receiving anti-cancer therapy in 2012. Each beneficiary was associated with a practice and practices were ranked based on average payments for inpatient admissions (inpatient intensity)...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152733/trends-in-cancer-care-with-the-affordable-care-act
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Robert Clell Miller
: 46 Background: Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), as proposed by the Affordable Care Act, will change the delivery of health care in the United States. ACO serve as a network of providers with primary care providers (PCP) set up as gate-keepers for referrals to specialists. Within the next several years, many trends will emerge and drive progress of change, requiring oncologist to take a lead role to adapt to the evolving landscape of health care. METHODS: Literature search of internet-based and academic sources for oncology and the Affordable Care, with a focus on ACO formation...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152688/a-new-digital-classification-schema-to-detect-treatment-variances-and-enable-value-based-payment-reforms
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Eric V Schultz, Kelly Choi, William Kea, Augie Smith, Cindy Kim, Matthew Axelrod, Teresa Fletcher, Matthew Love, Ruth Pe Benito, Samira Daswani, Sukhi Kaur, Kathyrn Tanenbaum, James Schaffer, Ali Hasan, Dilip Raj, Kumar Bharath Prabhu, Kiran Suryadevara, Ryan Callahan, Stuart L Goldberg
: 28 Background: Value based payment reforms which improve the outcome to cost ratio (paying for outcomes not for services) require detailed information on both elements. Although the digitalization of medicine via the EHR may facilitate data collection, the imprecise ICD9 and ICD10 schemas hinder analysis (eg: all breast cancers are ICD9 174.9). A more precise classification schema that accounts for biologic variances to allow analysis (and reduction) of treatment variances is needed...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139461/slovakia-health-system-review
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Martin Smatana, Peter Pazitny, Daniela Kandilaki, Michaela Laktisova, Darina Sedlakova, Monika Paluskova, Ewout van Ginneken, Anne Spranger
This analysis of the Slovak health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health-care provision, health reforms and health system performance. The health care system in Slovakia is based on universal coverage, compulsory health insurance, a basic benefit package and a competitive insurance model with selective contracting of health care providers. Containment of health spending became a major policy goal after the 2008 financial crisis. Health spending stabilized after 2010 but remains well below European averages...
November 2016: Health Systems in Transition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132168/delivery-and-payment-redesign-to-reduce-disparities-in-high-risk-postpartum-care
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Elizabeth A Howell, Norma A Padrón, Susan J Beane, Joanne Stone, Virginia Walther, Amy Balbierz, Rashi Kumar, José A Pagán
Purpose This paper describes the implementation of an innovative program that aims to improve postpartum care through a set of coordinated delivery and payment system changes designed to use postpartum care as an opportunity to impact the current and future health of vulnerable women and reduce disparities in health outcomes among minority women. Description A large health care system, a Medicaid managed care organization, and a multidisciplinary team of experts in obstetrics, health economics, and health disparities designed an intervention to improve postpartum care for women identified as high-risk...
January 28, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125364/improving-oncology-quality-measurement-in-accountable-care-filling-gaps-with-cross-cutting-measures
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Tom Valuck, David Blaisdell, Donna P Dugan, Kimberly Westrich, Robert W Dubois, Robert S Miller, Mark McClellan
: Payment for health care services, including oncology services, is shifting from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based accountable care. The objective of accountable care is to support providers with flexibility and resources to reform care delivery, accompanied by accountability for maintaining or improving outcomes while lowering costs. These changes depend on health care payers, systems, physicians, and patients having meaningful measures to assess care delivery and outcomes and to balance financial incentives for lowering costs while providing greater value...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107703/how-universal-is-coverage-and-access-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-chagas-disease-in-colombia-a-health-systems-analysis
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Zulma M Cucunubá, Jennifer M Manne-Goehler, Diana Díaz, Pierre Nouvellet, Oscar Bernal, Andrea Marchiol, María-Gloria Basáñez, Lesong Conteh
Limited access to Chagas disease diagnosis and treatment is a major obstacle to reaching the 2020 World Health Organization milestones of delivering care to all infected and ill patients. Colombia has been identified as a health system in transition, reporting one of the highest levels of health insurance coverage in Latin America. We explore if and how this high level of coverage extends to those with Chagas disease, a traditionally marginalised population. Using a mixed methods approach, we calculate coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103923/risk-adjustment-methods-for-all-payer-comparative-performance-reporting-in-vermont
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Karl Finison, MaryKate Mohlman, Craig Jones, Melanie Pinette, David Jorgenson, Amy Kinner, Tim Tremblay, Daniel Gottlieb
BACKGROUND: As the emphasis in health reform shifts to value-based payments, especially through multi-payer initiatives supported by the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and with the increasing availability of statewide all-payer claims databases, the need for an all-payer, "whole-population" approach to facilitate the reporting of utilization, cost, and quality measures has grown. However, given the disparities between the different populations served by Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payers, risk-adjustment methods for addressing these differences in a single measure have been a challenge...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073062/effects-of-payment-reform-in-more-versus-less-competitive-markets
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Neeraj Sood, Abby Alpert, Kayleigh Barnes, Peter Huckfeldt, José J Escarce
Policymakers are increasingly interested in reducing healthcare costs and inefficiencies through innovative payment strategies. These strategies may have heterogeneous impacts across geographic areas, potentially reducing or exacerbating geographic variation in healthcare spending. In this paper, we exploit a major payment reform for home health care to examine whether reductions in reimbursement lead to differential changes in treatment intensity and provider costs depending on the level of competition in a market...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072793/merit-based-incentive-payment-system-meaningful-changes-in-the-final-rule-brings-cautious-optimism
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Aaron K Calodney, Joshua A Hirsch
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) eliminated the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) act formula - a longstanding crucial issue of concern for health care providers and Medicare beneficiaries. MACRA also included a quality improvement program entitled, "The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS." The proposed rule of MIPS sought to streamline existing federal quality efforts and therefore linked 4 distinct programs into one. Three existing programs, meaningful use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), value-based payment (VBP) system were merged with the addition of Clinical Improvement Activity category...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069855/prevalence-and-spending-associated-with-patients-who-have-a-behavioral-health-disorder-and-other-conditions
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Ken Thorpe, Sanjula Jain, Peter Joski
: People with multiple medical conditions are a growing and increasingly costly segment of the U.S. POPULATION: Despite the co-occurrence of physical and behavioral health comorbidities, the US health care system tends to treat these conditions separately rather than holistically. To identify opportunities for population health improvement, we examined the treated prevalence of and health care spending on behavioral health disorders, by the number of coexisting physical disorders, among noninstitutionalized adults...
January 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069851/less-intense-postacute-care-better-outcomes-for-enrollees-in-medicare-advantage-than-those-in-fee-for-service
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Peter J Huckfeldt, José J Escarce, Brendan Rabideau, Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Neeraj Sood
Traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare's prospective payment systems for postacute care provide little incentive to coordinate care or control costs. In contrast, Medicare Advantage plans pay for postacute care out of monthly capitated payments and thus have stronger incentives to use it efficiently. We compared the use of postacute care in skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities by enrollees in Medicare Advantage and FFS Medicare after hospital discharge for three high-volume conditions: lower extremity joint replacement, stroke, and heart failure...
January 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068138/payment-reform-in-the-patient-centered-medical-home-enabling-and-sustaining-integrated-behavioral-health-care
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Benjamin F Miller, Kaile M Ross, Melinda M Davis, Stephen P Melek, Roger Kathol, Patrick Gordon
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a promising framework for the redesign of primary care and more recently specialty care. As defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the PCMH framework has 5 attributes: comprehensive care, patient-centered care, coordinated care, accessible services, and quality and safety. Evidence increasingly demonstrates that for the PCMH to best achieve the Triple Aim (improved outcomes, decreased cost, and enhanced patient experience), treatment for behavioral health (including mental health, substance use, and life stressors) must be integrated as a central tenet...
January 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065452/value-based-approaches-for-emergency-care-in-a-new-era
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Laura Medford-Davis, David Marcozzi, Shantanu Agrawal, Brendan G Carr, Emily Carrier
Although emergency departments (EDs) play an integral role in the delivery of acute unscheduled care, they have not been fully integrated into broader health care reform efforts. Communication and coordination with the ambulatory environment remain limited, leaving ED care disconnected from patients' longitudinal care. In a value-based environment focused on improving quality, decreasing costs, enhancing population health, and improving the patient experience, this oversight represents a missed opportunity for emergency care...
January 5, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
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