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Three years into value-based purchasing, hospitals have little to show for it

Medicare's value-based purchasing program, under which hospitals are financially rewarded or penalized based on care outcomes, has not led to substantial improvements in care its first three years, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

What RadioShack's demise can teach hospitals

Amid all the nostalgia for out-of-date technology that the announcement of RadioShack's bankruptcy has spawned, the electronics retailer's downfall also provides some important business lessons for hospitals, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.

3 ways to improve physician engagement

Physician engagement is more important than ever as healthcare shifts in the direction of value-based purchasing models like accountable care organizations (ACOs), John Wallace, vice president and general manager of ACO services at McKesson, writes in Becker's Hospital Review.

Safety-net hospitals face greater risk for Medicare penalties

Medicare's Value-Based Purchasing and Hospital Readmissions Reduction programs are more likely to penalize safety-net hospitals than any other prospective payment system, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

CMS issues final Medicare payment rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday issued a final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for general acute care and long-term care hospitals for fiscal year 2015. The rule changes payments for value-based purchasing, readmission reductions, hospital-acquired conditions and disproportionate share hospitals.

Industry leader disappointed IPPS proposed rule doesn't address two-midnight rule

An industry leader expressed disappointment that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for 2015 provides no changes to the controversial two-midnight rule.

CMS issues 2015 proposed IPPS rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Wednesday issued a proposed rule for 2015 that reduces payment for readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, but provides no changes to the controversial two-midnight rule.

CEOs share 3 strategies for success in a value-based industry

It's not surprising that an American College of Healthcare Executive survey found financial challenges are the top concerns for hospital CEOs. After all the industry faces financial pressures...

National value-based purchasing program needed to drive improvement

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) should create a standardized national strategy for value-based purchasing, similar to the existing National Quality Strategy, argues a new study conducted by the RAND Corporation for HHS.

Wisconsin hospitals reduce readmissions by 22 percent, save $34M

Wisconsin hospitals cut healthcare costs by more than $45 million through a special project aimed at reducing readmissions and controlling surgery-related infections, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).