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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906530/medicare-program-hospital-outpatient-prospective-payment-and-ambulatory-surgical-center-payment-systems-and-quality-reporting-programs-organ-procurement-organization-reporting-and-communication-transplant-outcome-measures-and-documentation-requirements-electronic
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This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2017 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems. In this final rule with comment period, we describe the changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare services paid under the OPPS and those paid under the ASC payment system...
November 14, 2016: Federal Register
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/27888948/web-applications-for-patient-communication
#3
Kristopher Lewis, Murray A Reicher
Communication between imaging professionals and patients can help achieve many goals, including improved patient understanding of imaging-related diagnostic and treatment options, better compliance with appropriate imaging screening procedures, and improved efficiency of service. The explosive growth of out-of-pocket consumer spending on health care has heightened health care shopping, thus making patient communication an important goal of any imaging practice or health care organization. Furthermore, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System introduced by CMS will publicly disclose physicians' quality ratings, which are in part dependent on patient engagement...
December 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884928/macra-2-0-are-you-ready-for-mips
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REVIEW
Joshua A Hirsch, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Sameer A Ansari, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Gregory N Nicola
The annual cost of healthcare delivery in the USA now exceeds US$3 trillion. Fee for service methodology is often implicated as a cause of this exceedingly high figure. The Affordable Care Act created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to pilot test value based alternative payments for reimbursing physician services. In 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was passed into law. MACRA has dramatic implications for all US based healthcare providers. MACRA permanently repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate so as to stabilize physician part B Medicare payments, consolidated pre-existing federal performance programs into the Merit based Incentive Payments System (MIPS), and legislatively mandated new approaches to paying clinicians...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878712/much-ado-about-nothing-the-financial-impact-of-physician-owned-specialty-hospitals
#5
Sujoy Chakravarty
The U.S. hospital industry has recently witnessed a number of policy changes aimed at aligning hospital payments to costs and these can be traced to significant concerns regarding selection of profitable patients and procedures by physician-owned specialty hospitals. The policy responses to specialty hospitals have alternated between payment system reforms and outright moratoriums on hospital operations including one in the recently enacted Affordable Care Act. A key issue is whether physician-owned specialty hospitals pose financial strain on the larger group of general hospitals through cream-skimming of profitable patients, yet there is no study that conducts a systematic analysis relating such selection behavior by physician-owners to financial impacts within hospital markets...
June 2016: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878675/supplementing-gatekeeping-with-a-revenue-scheme-for-secondary-care-providers
#6
Tor Iversen, Anastasia Mokienko
We study implications of a change in the payment scheme for radiology providers in Norway that was implemented in 2008. The change implies reduced fee-for-service and increased fixed budget for a contracted volume of services. A consequence of the change is that private providers have less incentive to conduct examinations beyond the contracted volume. Different from the situation observed before the change in 2008, the volume is no longer determined by the demand side, and a rationing of the supply occurs...
September 2016: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815451/financial-incentives-to-encourage-value-based-health-care
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REVIEW
Anthony Scott, Miao Liu, Jongsay Yong
This article reviews the literature on the use of financial incentives to improve the provision of value-based health care. Eighty studies of 44 schemes from 10 countries were reviewed. The proportion of positive and statistically significant outcomes was close to .5. Stronger study designs were associated with a lower proportion of positive effects. There were no differences between studies conducted in the United States compared with other countries; between schemes that targeted hospitals or primary care; or between schemes combining pay for performance with rewards for reducing costs, relative to pay for performance schemes alone...
November 3, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806385/reimbursement-based-on-value-in-knee-surgery-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-medicare-access-and-children-s-health-insurance-program-reauthorization-act-of-2015
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Khaled J Saleh, Zain Sayeed, Afshin A Anoushiravani, Hussein F Darwiche, Bryan Little, Todd James Frush, Mouhanad M El-Othmani
Health care cost is consuming a large portion of the nation's gross domestic product while placing added economic burdens on physicians and their patients. With total joint replacement being one of the early-targeted procedures in the evolving health care environment, knee surgeons will benefit from developing a critical knowledge on health care reforms and their financial implications. The Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act represents a cohesive movement toward value-based payment reform and contains several unchartered rulings that require detailed attention by knee surgeons...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752810/a-perverse-quality-incentive-in-surgery-implications-of-reimbursing-surgeons-less-for-doing-laparoscopic-surgery
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Amanda N Fader, Tim Xu, Brian J Dunkin, Martin A Makary
BACKGROUND: Surgery is one of the highest priced services in health care, and complications from surgery can be serious and costly. Recently, advances in surgical techniques have allowed surgeons to perform many common operations using minimally invasive methods that result in fewer complications. Despite this, the rates of open surgery remain high across multiple surgical disciplines. METHODS: This is an expert commentary and review of the contemporary literature regarding minimally invasive surgery practices nationwide, the benefits of less invasive approaches, and how minimally invasive compared with open procedures are differentially reimbursed in the United States...
October 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738129/medicaid-stage-1-meaningful-use-ehr-incentive-payments-are-associated-with-higher-quality-but-not-improvements-in-quality
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Zachary M Grinspan, Yuhua Bao, Alison Edwards, Phyllis Johnson, Rainu Kaushal, Lisa M Kern
This was a retrospective cohort study of ambulatory care quality by physicians who received payment for Medicaid Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) in 2012 using New York State Medicaid Claims (2010-2013). Eight quality measures were used to compare performance of physicians who received payments to Adopt, Implement, or Use (AIU) an electronic health record in 2011 but not for MU in 2012 (AIU-only group) and physicians who cared for Medicaid patients but received no payments (no-incentive group), using propensity score-weighted difference-in-difference logistic regression analyses, clustering by physician...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687917/determinants-of-success-in-shared-savings-programs-an-analysis-of-aco-and-market-characteristics
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Mariétou H Ouayogodé, Carrie H Colla, Valerie A Lewis
BACKGROUND: Medicare's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs introduced shared savings to traditional Medicare, which allow providers who reduce health care costs for their patients to retain a percentage of the savings they generate. OBJECTIVE: To examine ACO and market factors associated with superior financial performance in Medicare ACO programs. METHODS: We obtained financial performance data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); we derived market-level characteristics from Medicare claims; and we collected ACO characteristics from the National Survey of ACOs for 215 ACOs...
September 27, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681745/the-radiation-oncology-job-market-the-economics-and-policy-of-workforce-regulation
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REVIEW
Benjamin P Falit, Hubert Y Pan, Benjamin D Smith, Brian M Alexander, Anthony L Zietman
Examinations of the US radiation oncology workforce offer inconsistent conclusions, but recent data raise significant concerns about an oversupply of physicians. Despite these concerns, residency slots continue to expand at an unprecedented pace. Employed radiation oncologists and professional corporations with weak contracts or loose ties to hospital administrators would be expected to suffer the greatest harm from an oversupply. The reduced cost of labor, however, would be expected to increase profitability for equipment owners, technology vendors, and entrenched professional groups...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676688/facility-payments-for-interventional-pain-management-procedures-impact-of-proposed-rules
#13
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Vijay Singh, Joshua A Hirsch
UNLABELLED: In the face of the progressive implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a significant regulatory regime, and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2017 hospital outpatient department (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) payment rules on July 14, 2016, and the physician payment schedule was released July 15, 2016. U.S. health care costs continue to increase, occupying 17.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 and surpassing $3 trillion in overall health care expenditure...
September 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676687/proposed-medicare-physician-payment-schedule-for-2017-impact-on-interventional-pain-management-practices
#14
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Alan D Kaye, Joshua A Hirsch
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule on July 7, 2016, addressing Medicare payments for physicians providing services either in an office or facility setting, which also includes payments for office expenses and quality provisions for physicians. This proposed rule occurs in the context of numerous policy changes, most notably related to the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...
September 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676686/merit-based-incentive-payment-system-mips-harsh-choices-for-interventional-pain-management-physicians
#15
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
UNLABELLED: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to improve the health of all Americans by providing incentives and policies to improve patient health outcomes. MIPS combines 3 existing programs, Meaningful Use (MU), now called Advancing Care Information (ACI), contributing 25% of the composite score; Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), changed to Quality, contributing 50% of the composite score; and Value-based Payment (VBP) system to Resource Use or cost, contributing 10% of the composite score...
September 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637828/impact-of-provider-mailings-on-medication-adherence-by-medicare-part-d-members
#16
Bijan J Borah, Yang Qiu, Nilay D Shah, Patrick P Gleason
BACKGROUND: The Medicare 5-Star Rating System measures and provides incentive for improving Medicare Part D plans through a quality-based payment program. Adherence to medications for chronic conditions is key to the Star ratings. Our objective was to assess the impact of direct-to-provider letters on improving medication adherence. METHODS: Members of a large US pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) who did not adhere to prescription of oral diabetes (antidiabetics), cholesterol-reducing (statins), or hypertension (renin angiotensin system [RAS] antagonists) drug therapy were identified from the prescriptions claims data of>600,000 continuously enrolled Medicare members...
September 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27621156/effects-of-new-funding-models-for-patient-centered-medical-homes-on-primary-care-practice-finances-and-services-results-of-a-microsimulation-model
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Sanjay Basu, Russell S Phillips, Zirui Song, Bruce E Landon, Asaf Bitton
PURPOSE: We assess the financial implications for primary care practices of participating in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) funding initiatives. METHODS: We estimated practices' changes in net revenue under 3 PCMH funding initiatives: increased fee-for-service (FFS) payments, traditional FFS with additional per-member-per-month (PMPM) payments, or traditional FFS with PMPM and pay-for-performance (P4P) payments. Net revenue estimates were based on a validated microsimulation model utilizing national practice surveys...
September 2016: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27586403/modeling-and-designing-health-care-payment-innovations-for-medical-imaging
#18
Hui Zhang, Christian Wernz, Danny R Hughes
Payment innovations that better align incentives in health care are a promising approach to reduce health care costs and improve quality of care. Designing effective payment systems, however, is challenging due to the complexity of the health care system with its many stakeholders and their often conflicting objectives. There is a lack of mathematical models that can comprehensively capture and efficiently analyze the complex, multi-level interactions and thereby predict the effect of new payment systems on stakeholder decisions and system-wide outcomes...
September 1, 2016: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585031/financial-incentives-and-cervical-cancer-screening-participation-in-ontario-s-primary-care-practice-models
#19
Ciara Pendrith, Amardeep Thind, Gregory S Zaric, Sisira Sarma
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this paper is to compare cervical cancer screening rates of family physicians in Ontario's two dominant reformed practice models, Family Health Group (FHG) and Family Health Organization (FHO), and traditional fee-for-service (FFS) model. Both reformed models formally enrol patients and offer extensive pay-for-performance incentives; however, they differ by remuneration for core services (FHG is FFS; FHO is capitated). The secondary objective is to estimate the average and marginal costs of screening in each model...
August 2016: Healthcare Policy, Politiques de Santé
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585029/a-qualitative-study-on-incentives-and-disincentives-for-care-of-common-mental-disorders-in-ontario-family-health-teams
#20
Rachelle Ashcroft, Jose Silveira, Kwame Mckenzie
BACKGROUND: An opportunity to address the needs of patients with common mental disorders (CMDs) resides in primary care. Barriers are restricting availability of treatment for CMDs in primary care. By understanding the incentives that promote and the disincentives that deter treatment for CMDs in a collaborative primary care context, this study aims to help contribute to goals of greater access to mental healthcare. METHOD: A qualitative pilot study using semi-structured interviews with thematic analysis...
August 2016: Healthcare Policy, Politiques de Santé
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