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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/28182472/integrating-health-care-for-high-need-medicaid-beneficiaries-with-serious-mental-illness-and-chronic-physical-health-conditions-at-managed-care-provider-and-consumer-levels
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Jung Y Kim, Tricia Collins Higgins, Dominick Esposito, Allison Hamblin
OBJECTIVE: Policies supporting value-based care and alternative payment models, notably in the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, offer hope to advance care integration for individuals with behavioral and chronic physical health conditions. The potential for integration to improve quality while managing costs for individuals with high needs, coupled with the remaining financial, operational, and policy challenges, underscores a need for continued discussion of integration programs' preliminary outcomes and lessons...
February 9, 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
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/28152947/measuring-value-in-bundled-payments-for-head-and-neck-cancer
#4
Tracy E Spinks, Alexis B Guzman, Randal S Weber, Ehab Y Hanna, Amy Clark Hessel, Beth Michelle Beadle, Kate A Hutcheson, James Incalcaterra, Nancy M Wood, Delrose Jones, Thomas W Feeley
: 11 Background: Value, defined as outcomes relative to costs, cannot be improved without rigorous long-term measurement. To assess value within a bundled payment pilot for head and neck cancer, we aim to generate timely, patient-centered outcomes and robust, near-real time financial tracking (Porter and Teisberg, Redefining health care. Creating value-based competition on results; Harvard Business School Press, 2006). METHODS: Clinical and quality experts created an outcome measure set for head and neck cancer, using a three-tiered outcomes hierarchy from Michael Porter of Harvard Business School as a framework...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152747/connecting-specialty-practices-with-primary-care
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Suzanne Morton, Tyler Oberlander, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Michael Barr
: 47 Background: Public and private payers are beginning to adopt alternative payment structures that call for greater attention to patient-centered care and quality improvement activities (CMMI 2015; MACRA 2015). The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) developed standards for Patient-Centered Specialty Practice based on American College of Physicians principles. The report describes achievement on the standards among an initial cohort of recognized physicians. METHODS: We analyzed practice characteristics and determined how practices performed on each of the 21 elements in the PCSP program by showing the percent of practices scoring less than 50% of points, or 100% of points (i...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152738/designing-and-implementing-a-payment-system-to-support-cancer-care-coordination-a-literature-review
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Chloe Gerves-Pinquie, Etienne Minvielle
: 40 Background: Demands for new payment systems to better coordinate services along the care continuum are emerging in oncology. Among them, bundling payments for defined episodes of care are considered as a promising payment option. The study objective was to understand how to develop an optimal payment system in order to foster coordination between hospitals and post-acute providers, and to identify potential pitfalls associated with its implementation. METHODS: We conducted a literature review, exploring articles published between 2010 and 2015 in Medline...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132819/macra-alternative-payment-models-and%C3%A2-the-physician-focused-payment-model-implications-for-radiology
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Gregory N Nicola, Bibb Allen, Danny R Hughes, Joshua A Hirsch
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 describes alternative payment models (APMs) as new approaches to health care payment that incentivize higher quality and value. MACRA incentivizes increasing APM participation by all physician specialties over the coming years. Some APMs will be deemed Advanced APMs; clinicians who are a Qualifying Participant in an Advanced APM will receive substantial benefits under MACRA including an automatic 5% payment bonus, regardless of their performance and savings within the APM, and a larger payment rate increase beginning in 2026...
January 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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/28099071/an-observational-study-of-provider-perspectives-on-alternative-payment-models
#9
Drew Harris, Katherine Puskarz
Over the past decade, reimbursement in the US health care system has undergone rapid transformation. The Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act are some of the many changes challenging traditional modes of practice and raising concerns about practitioners' ability to adapt. Recently, physician satisfaction was proposed as an addition to the Triple Aim in acknowledgment of how the physician's attitude can affect outcomes. To understand how physicians perceive alternative payment models (APMs) and how those perceptions may vary by their organizational role, non-leader physicians (N = 31), physician leaders (N = 67), and health system leaders (N = 49) were surveyed using a mixed-methods approach...
January 18, 2017: Population Health Management
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/28069849/lower-versus-higher-income-populations-in-the-alternative-quality-contract-improved-quality-and-similar-spending
#11
Zirui Song, Sherri Rose, Michael E Chernew, Dana Gelb Safran
As population-based payment models become increasingly common, it is crucial to understand how such payment models affect health disparities. We evaluated health care quality and spending among enrollees in areas with lower versus higher socioeconomic status in Massachusetts before and after providers entered into the Alternative Quality Contract, a two-sided population-based payment model with substantial incentives tied to quality. We compared changes in process measures, outcome measures, and spending between enrollees in areas with lower and higher socioeconomic status from 2006 to 2012 (outcome measures were measured after the intervention only)...
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/28060228/risk-adjusted-hospital-outcomes-in-medicare-total-joint-replacement-surgical-procedures
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Donald E Fry, Michael Pine, Susan M Nedza, David G Locke, Agnes M Reband, Gregory Pine
BACKGROUND: Comparative measurement of hospital outcomes can define opportunities for care improvement and will assume great importance as alternative payment models for inpatient total joint replacement surgical procedures are introduced. The purpose of this study was to develop risk-adjusted models for Medicare inpatient and post-discharge adverse outcomes in elective lower-extremity total joint replacement and to apply these models for hospital comparison. METHODS: Hospitals with ≥50 qualifying cases of elective total hip replacement and total knee replacement from the Medicare Limited Data Set database of 2010 to 2012 were studied...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055046/alternative-alternative-payment-models
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Katherine Baicker, Michael E Chernew
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February 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029298/unintended-consequences-in-cancer-care-delivery-created-by-the-medicare-part-b-proposal-is-the-clinical-rationale-for-the-experiment-flawed
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Lucio Gordan, Amy Grogg, Marlo Blazer, Barry Fortner
PURPOSE: Medicare currently enrolls ≥ 45 million adults, and by 2030 this is projected to increase to ≥ 80 million beneficiaries. With this growth, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal, the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model, to shrink drug expenditures, a major contributor to overall health care costs. For this to not adversely affect patient outcomes, lower-cost alternative medications with equivalent efficacy and no increased toxicity must be available...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017274/macra-mips-and-the-new-medicare-quality-payment-program-an-update-for%C3%A2-radiologists
#16
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Gregory N Nicola, Bibb Allen, Danny R Hughes, Joshua A Hirsch
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 advances the goal of tying Medicare payments to quality and value. In April 2016, CMS published an initial proposed rule for MACRA, renaming it the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Under QPP, clinicians receive payments through either advanced alternative payment models or the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a consolidation of existing federal performance programs that applies positive or negative adjustments to fee-for-service payments...
December 21, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942966/improving-risk-equalization-with-constrained-regression
#17
Richard C van Kleef, Thomas G McGuire, René C J A van Vliet, Wynand P P M van de Ven
State-of-the-art risk equalization models undercompensate some risk groups and overcompensate others, leaving systematic incentives for risk selection. A natural approach to reducing the under- or overcompensation for a particular group is enriching the risk equalization model with risk adjustor variables that indicate membership in that group. For some groups, however, appropriate risk adjustor variables may not (yet) be available. For these situations, this paper proposes an alternative approach to reducing under- or overcompensation: constraining the estimated coefficients of the risk equalization model such that the under- or overcompensation for a group of interest equals a fixed amount...
December 10, 2016: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934634/the-episode-the-ptac-cost-and-the-neurointerventionalist
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Joshua A Hirsch, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Raymond W Liu, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Gregory N Nicola
Episodic care forms a payment methodology of increasing relevance to neurointerventional specialists and other providers. Episodic care payment models are currently recognized in both payment paths described by the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (MACRA): the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. Understanding the cost of care, as well as how such costs are shaped in the context of episodic care, will be critical to success in both of these paths...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905815/medicare-program-merit-based-incentive-payment-system-mips-and-alternative-payment-model-apm-incentive-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-criteria-for-physician-focused-payment-models-final-rule-with-comment-period
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repeals the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) methodology for updates to the physician fee schedule (PFS) and replaces it with a new approach to payment called the Quality Payment Program that rewards the delivery of high-quality patient care through two avenues: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for eligible clinicians or groups under the PFS. This final rule with comment period establishes incentives for participation in certain alternative payment models (APMs) and includes the criteria for use by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) in making comments and recommendations on physician-focused payment models (PFPMs)...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893070/contingent-valuation-analysis-of-an-otolaryngology-and-ophthalmology-emergency-department-the-value-of-acute-specialty-care
#20
Matthew R Naunheim, Elliot D Kozin, Rosh K Sethi, H G Ota, Stacey T Gray, Mark G Shrime
Importance: Specialty emergency departments (EDs) provide a unique mechanism of health care delivery, but the value that they add to the medical system is not known. Evaluation of patient preferences to determine value can have a direct impact on resource allocation and direct-to-specialist care. Objective: To assess the feasibility of contingent valuation (CV) methodology using a willingness-to-pay (WTP) survey to evaluate specialty emergency services, in the context of an ophthalmology- and otolaryngology-specific ED...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
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