Data from Medicare's value-based purchasing program contain broad variations and few clear patterns, according to a new report from Leavitt Partners, and the report's author says it may take solutions such as a separate program for low-volume hospitals or combining Medicare's care-quality programs to achieve meaningful improvements.
A new federal work plan shows a growing shift in the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General priorities, particularly with regard to hospitals.
More than 1,800 hospitals will receive a boost in federal reimbursements next year under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' value-based purchasing plan.
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.
Amid all the nostalgia for out-of-date technology that the announcement of RadioShack's bankruptcy has spawned, the electronics retailer's downfall also provides some important business lessons for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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.