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Two influential advisory groups sent recommendations to Congress calling for a revamp of how health plans are paid in the lucrative Medicare Advantage program, culling how many models CMS tests and curbing high-cost drug approvals.
By many measures, the MA program has been thriving. Enrollment and participation has continued to grow, and in 2021, MA plans’ bids to provide the Medicare benefit declined to a record low...
KevinMD | June 13, 2021

Value-based care has become a buzzword over the past decade with early experiments in Massachusetts, followed by creating Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) as part of the Affordable Care Act. As commercial insurers jumped onto this bandwagon, most providers became familiar with the concepts of gainsharing, upside and downside risk, and bundled payments. Much of the activity in this space has focused on primary care, particularly for ACOs and ACO lookalikes. Even within multi-specialty groups and health systems, most of the accountability for driving both quality metrics and financial results has resided in primary care.
Patient Engagement HIT | June 8, 2021
As patient portal use and access become more commonplace in healthcare, it would be prudent for health IT leaders and clinicians alike to understand the health disparities that can also emerge with patient portal use.The latest data shows that patient portal offerings are near universal. 2019 data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT showed that 99 percent of large hospitals and 97 percent of all hospitals in aggregate offer patient portal access to patients. That is the most recent year for which ONC has data. But that patient portal access and use isn’t seen uniformly across patient populations.
Hospital & Healthcare Management |
June 15, 2021
The healthcare industry is in the throes of unprecedented change as hospitals, providers, and payors all grapple with new methods of delivering (and billing) medical care. The uptick of value-based care, coupled with the growing prevalence of alternative therapies, makes understanding this new model a must. So, what exactly is value-based care? And why is nutrition therapy critical to its success?
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