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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983431/evaluation-of-policy-options-for-increasing-the-availability-of-primary-care-services-in-rural-washington-state
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Mark W Friedberg, Grant R Martsolf, Chapin White, David I Auerbach, Ryan Kandrack, Rachel O Reid, Emily Butcher, Hao Yu, Simon Hollands, Xiaoyu Nie
The Washington State legislature has recently considered several policy options to address a perceived shortage of primary care physicians in rural Washington. These policy options include opening the new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University in 2017; increasing the number of primary care residency positions in the state; expanding educational loan-repayment incentives to encourage primary care physicians to practice in rural Washington; increasing Medicaid payment rates for primary care physicians in rural Washington; and encouraging the adoption of alternative models of primary care, such as medical homes and nurse-managed health centers, that reallocate work from physicians to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs)...
January 2017: Rand Health Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963147/episodic-payments-bundling-part-i
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REVIEW
D J Jacofsky
Episodic, or bundled payments, is a concept now familiar to most in the healthcare arena, but the models are often misunderstood. Under a traditional fee-for-service model, each provider bills separately for their services which creates financial incentives to maximise volumes. Under a bundled payment, a single entity, often referred to as a convener (maybe the hospital, the physician group, or a third party) assumes the risk through a payer contract for all services provided within a defined episode of care, and receives a single (bundled) payment for all services provided for that episode...
October 2017: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956027/the-impact-of-changes-in-medicare-s-physician-payment-system-on-critical-care
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Charles E Hobson, Azra Bihorac, Mehrnaz Hadian, Daniel L Herr, Thomas G Rainey, Frank B Cerra, Lena M Napolitano, John W Hoyt
In 2015 President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism for Medicare physician reimbursement and mandated that CMS develop alternative payment methodologies to "reward health care providers for giving better care not more just more care." MACRA makes 3 major changes to Medicare reimbursements: (1) it ends the SGR formula; (2) it establishes a new framework to reward physicians based on performance and health outcomes rather than volume; and (3) it aims to combine existing quality reporting programs into one streamlined system...
February 2017: Crit Connect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929875/using-structured-incentives-to-increase-value-for-money-in-an-academic-health-sciences-centre
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Guy J Hébert, Connie Colasante, Renate G Ilse, Alan J Forster
As healthcare continues to consume more and more of provincial government spending, there is a continuing pressure to improve efficiency and cut overall costs. In this increasingly constrained healthcare system, value for money is a growing focus of discussions around accountability and system sustainability; healthcare leaders are required to find ways of measuring, enforcing, and reporting on that value. In 2014, our organization began implementing an innovative system of structured incentives, linking distribution of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care academic physician funding to quality and performance goals...
July 2017: Healthcare Management Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893814/physician-support-of-smoking-cessation-after-diagnosis-of-lung-bladder-or-upper-aerodigestive-tract-cancer
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Amanda Farley, Constantinos Koshiaris, Jason Oke, Ronan Ryan, Lisa Szatkowski, Richard Stevens, Paul Aveyard
PURPOSE: Smoking cessation after a diagnosis of lung, bladder, and upper aerodigestive tract cancer appears to improve survival, and support to quit would improve cessation. The aims of this study were to assess how often general practitioners provide active smoking cessation support for these patients and whether physician behavior is influenced by incentive payments. METHODS: Using electronic primary care records from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, 12,393 patients with incident cases of cancer diagnosed between 1999 and 2013 were matched 1 to 1 to patients with incident cases of coronary heart disease (CHD) diagnosed during the same time...
September 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891235/financial-arrangements-for-health-systems-in-low-income-countries-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Elizabeth Paulsen, Simon Lewin, Agustín Ciapponi, Cristian A Herrera, Newton Opiyo, Tomas Pantoja, Gabriel Rada, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: One target of the Sustainable Development Goals is to achieve "universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all". A fundamental concern of governments in striving for this goal is how to finance such a health system. This concern is very relevant for low-income countries. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the evidence from up-to-date systematic reviews about the effects of financial arrangements for health systems in low-income countries...
September 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874487/high-levels-of-capitation-payments-needed-to-shift-primary-care-toward-proactive-team-and-nonvisit-care
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Sanjay Basu, Russell S Phillips, Zirui Song, Asaf Bitton, Bruce E Landon
Capitated payments in the form of fixed monthly payments to cover all of the costs associated with delivering primary care could encourage primary care practices to transform the way they deliver care. Using a microsimulation model incorporating data from 969 US practices, we sought to understand whether shifting to team- and non-visit-based care is financially sustainable for practices under traditional fee-for-service, capitated payment, or a mix of the two. Practice revenues and costs were computed for fee-for-service payments and a range of capitated payments, before and after the substitution of team- and non-visit-based services for low-complexity in-person physician visits...
September 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766194/macra-and-the-changing-medicare-payment-landscape
#8
Steven L Chen, Matthew R Coffron
BACKGROUND: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is being implemented in 2017 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and will have important and far reaching effects on how physicians are reimbursed and on how they practice. The QPP modifies the Medicare physician payment system by eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and incorporating the existing Physician Quality Reporting System, EHR Incentive Program, and the Value Modifier into a single new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748535/financial-incentives-and-physician-practice-participation-in-medicare-s-value-based-reforms
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Adam M Markovitz, Patricia P Ramsay, Stephen M Shortell, Andrew M Ryan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether greater experience and success with performance incentives among physician practices are related to increased participation in Medicare's voluntary value-based payment reforms. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Publicly available data from Medicare's Physician Compare (n = 1,278; January 2012 to November 2013) and nationally representative physician practice data from the National Survey of Physician Organizations 3 (NSPO3; n = 907,538; 2013)...
July 26, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717900/elements-of-program-design-in-medicare-s-value-based-and-alternative-payment-models-a-narrative-review
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Karen E Joynt Maddox, Aditi P Sen, Lok Wong Samson, Rachael B Zuckerman, Nancy DeLew, Arnold M Epstein
Increasing emphasis on value in health care has spurred the development of value-based and alternative payment models. Inherent in these models are choices around program scope (broad vs. narrow); selecting absolute or relative performance targets; rewarding improvement, achievement, or both; and offering penalties, rewards, or both. We examined and classified current Medicare payment models-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP), Medicare Advantage Quality Star Rating program, Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) and its successor, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) on these elements of program design and reviewed the literature to place findings in context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664439/sages-quality-initiative-an-introduction
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Anne Lidor, Dana Telem, Curtis Bower, Prashant Sinha, Rocco Orlando, John Romanelli
The Medicare program has transitioned to paying healthcare providers based on the quality of care delivered, not on the quantity. In May 2015, SAGES held its first ever Quality Summit. The goal of this meeting was to provide us with the information necessary to put together a strategic plan for our Society over the next 3-5 years, and to participate actively on a national level to help develop valid measures of quality of surgery. The transition to value-based medicine requires that providers are now measured and reimbursed based on the quality of services they provide rather than the quantity of patients in their care...
August 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654621/measuring-provider-performance-for-physicians-participating-in-the-merit-based-incentive-payment-system
#12
Lee Squitieri, Kevin C Chung
In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began requiring all eligible providers to participate in the Quality Payment Program or face financial reimbursement penalty. The Quality Payment Program outlines two paths for provider participation: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. For the first performance period beginning in January of 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that approximately 83 to 90 percent of eligible providers will not qualify for participation in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model and therefore must participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System program...
July 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605555/operationalizing-multidisciplinary-assessment-and-treatment-as-a-quality-metric-for-interventional-pain-practices
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Edward K Heres, David Itskevich, Ajay D Wasan
Objective.:  Quality improvement (QI) is an underutilized approach among pain medicine specialists to improve comprehensive pain assessment and the delivery of multimodal pain care. We report the results of a QI program that utilized peer review and financial incentives to improve these processes in interventional pain clinics. Design.:  Retrospective chart review. Setting.:  Eight academic and community-based practices that included separate hospital-based and non-hospital-based interventional pain clinics...
June 12, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566988/the-impact-of-order-source-misattribution-on-computerized-provider-order-entry-cpoe-performance-metrics
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George A Gellert, Linda Catzoela, Lajja Patel, Kylynn Bruner, Felix Friedman, Ricardo Ramirez, Lilliana Saucedo, S Luke Webster, John A Gillean
BACKGROUND: One strategy to foster adoption of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) by physicians is the monthly distribution of a list identifying the number and use rate percentage of orders entered electronically versus on paper by each physician in the facility. Physicians care about CPOE use rate reports because they support the patient safety and quality improvement objectives of CPOE implementation. Certain physician groups are also motivated because they participate in contracted financial and performance arrangements that include incentive payments or financial penalties for meeting (or failing to meet) a specified CPOE use rate target...
2017: Perspectives in Health Information Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554209/real-world-evidence-and-the-behavioral-economics-of-physician-prescribing
#15
Bruce Feinberg
The projections for the rising cost of healthcare have spurred robust dialogue, and among the many targets for cost control are specialty drugs. An important question thus becomes: Are behavioral economic factors driving physician prescribing? This article presents a review of leading behavioral economic theories and their application to the results of an Oncology Medical Home pilot that reversed incentives from drug administration to patient care. A host of these theories may explain the irrational economic actors in regard to physician prescribing, including heuristics, framing, and defaults...
April 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545159/the-value-transformation-of-health-care-impact-on-neuromuscular-and-electrodiagnostic-medicine
#16
REVIEW
Pushpa Narayanaswami, Millie Suk, Lyell K Jones
Beginning in 2017, most physicians who participate in Medicare are subject to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the milestone legislation that signals the US health care system's transition from volume-based to value-based care. Here we review emerging trends in development of value-based healthcare systems in the US. MACRA and the resulting Quality Payment Program create 2 participation pathways, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) pathway...
October 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531288/an-evaluation-of-systemic-reforms-of-public-hospitals-the-sanming-model-in-china
#17
Hongqiao Fu, Ling Li, Mingqiang Li, Chunyu Yang, William Hsiao
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have been searching for effective strategies to reform their inefficient and wasteful public hospitals. Recently, China developed a model of systemic reforms called the Sanming model to address the inefficiency and waste at public hospitals. In this article, we explain and evaluate how the Sanming model reformed its 22 public hospitals in 2013 by simultaneously restructuring the hospital governance structure, altering the payment system to hospitals, and realigning physicians' incentives...
October 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419657/a-new-approach-to-clinical-research-integrating-clinical-care-quality-reporting-and-research-using-a-wound-care-network-based-learning-healthcare-system
#18
Thomas E Serena, Caroline E Fife, Kristen A Eckert, Raphael A Yaakov, Marissa J Carter
The disparity between ideal evidence from randomized controlled trials and real-world evidence in medical research has prompted the United States Food and Drug Administration to consider the use of real-world data to better understand safety and effectiveness of new devices for a broader patient population and to prioritize real-world data in regulatory decision making. As the healthcare system transitions from volume- to value-based care, there is a growing need to harness the power of real-world data to change the paradigm for wound care clinical research and enable more generalizable clinical trials...
May 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414044/the-impact-of-the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-on-the-field-of-ophthalmology
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Brenton Kinker, Kaitlyn Dobesh, Nariman Nassiri, Mark S Juzych, M Roy Wilson
PURPOSE: To analyze the impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) on the field of ophthalmology. DESIGN: A perspective on the effects of MACRA's Quality Payment Program after analysis of the proposed rule, final rule, and commentary submitted by relevant stakeholders. RESULTS: Physicians will need to use 1 of 2 payment structures: Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs)...
July 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392029/improving-care-and-education-through-a-radiology-resident-driven-clinical-consultation-service
#20
Gayle R Salama, Courtney Sullivan, Daniel Holzwanger, Ashley E Giambrone, Robert J Min, Keith D Hentel
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: As health care moves toward bundled payment systems and merit-based incentive models, increasing awareness of the value of the radiologist is essential. A resident-driven clinical imaging rounds (CIR) program initiated at our institution allows radiologists to actively and directly participate in the team-based medical model. A retrospective review of survey data evaluated the qualitative and quantitative effects of CIR on clinical management, communication, and education of referring providers and radiology residents...
April 6, 2017: Academic Radiology
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