For organizations with a good strategy to reduce care variation, a hospital efficiency improvement program can provide the jolt of incentive that generates real improvement.
The Office of Personnel Management’s 2018: Federal Workforce Priorities Report reiterates what other studies have shown: Workers spend too much time sitting and not enough time doing some sort of physical activity. The OPM wants government agencies to focus more on giving workers opportunities to be more active at work.
For anyone who’s ever felt that five minutes after you’ve been on vacation it seems as though you’d never gone, you’re not alone.
Instead of relying on price comparison tools that insurers offer, patients instead will go where their doctors tell them to go to get MRIs, and in the process drive by an average of six other places where the procedure could have been done more cheaply.
Real-world data challenge assumptions regarding typical factor usage and expenditures associated with product switching in patients with hemophilia A. There were higher expenditures over two years on hemophilia A patients using extended half-life (EHL) versus standard half-life (SHL) products.
Gene Farber, COO, Reliance ACO: “Reliance ACO is a Track 1 that started in 2014. We have saved CMS over $32 million and have received money back in two of the four years…. I want to scream when anyone, including Seema Verma, says we are not at risk.” There’s more.
Testing for biomarkers of acute kidney injury might help with treatment and prognosis. But there’s a lot of uncertainty about how useful it would be right now.
Think of this alternative payment model as a large set of event-driven care packages that get triggered by consumer–patients. Each care package can be priced and adjusted for the individual’s medical history. Providers who want to bid for the care package can, and what they’re offering will be available and comparable to other providers.
The rates of women experiencing serious and possibly life-threatening complications during child birth soared 45% between 2006 and 2015, increasing from 101.3 to 146.6 per 10,000 hospital deliveries, according to a statistical brief by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
A GAO report notes that HHS under the Trump administration cut money for paid advertising for the 2018 open enrollment period by 90%; from the $100 million for the 2017 enrollment period, down to $10 million for 2018. TV advertising went from $26.6 million under the Obama administration’s final year allocation to zero under President Trump.
But why? Trump administration wants credit for turnaround, but another take says it happened despite, not because of, the administration’s policies.