March 2, 2018
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Modern Healthcare | February 24, 2018   

Hospitals that don't adapt could get squeezed out of the care continuum as insurers grow and direct more care to lower-cost settings, according to an analysis from Moody's Investors Service. Both not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals are feeling the pressure of falling inpatient volumes and reimbursement levels from government payers along with rising drug costs and labor expenses, as well as regulatory changes to policies like the 340B drug discount program. . . READ MORE   

Healthcare Informatics | February 27, 2018   
The National Association of ACOs, the American Medical Association (AMA) and others have jointly signed a letter requesting that CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) allow certain ACOs to continue in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Track 1 for a third agreement period before having to move to a two-sided risk model...READ MORE

RevCycle Intelligence | February 27, 2018     
Seven years have passed since the Affordable Care Act catalyzed the idea of volume over value in the healthcare industry, paving the way for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to accrue shared shavings while focusing on population health. Since that time, the number of ACOs has exploded to over 920 organizations contracted with public and private payers.  More than 10% of the US population now receives care from a provider contracted under an ACO...   READ MORE

Patient EngagementHIT | February 26, 2018 
Shared decision-making, or the practice of an informed patient participating in treatment decisions alongside her clinicians, may seem like a natural patient engagement strategy. After all, shared decision-making integrates the patient into the healthcare process and gives the patient more claim in her wellness journey. Shared decision-making has shown to reduce preventable hospital readmissions among cardiac patients by at least 19 percent, and can also decrease patient anxiety and healthcare costs... READ MORE   

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