June 19, 2020
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Medpage Today | June 16, 2020    
In its June report, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) said the program needs to move more quickly away from fee-for-service (FFS) payments.  "The commission has made an assertion that the progress towards value-based payment throughout the Medicare program needs to accelerate and more of the program needs to be detached from straight fee-for-service payments," said Jim Matthews, PhD, executive director for MedPAC, during a press web conference on Monday. . . READ MORE    

Becker's Hosptial Review | June 15, 2020

Given current events I think many physicians-me included-are going through critical self assessments of our approach to vulnerable patient care.  We interact with new people daily and have to quickly make decisions about their care that can have lasting implications. Yes, we are supposed to be helping them, but what assumptions-our implicit bias-do we carry into the medical encounter that may have undermined their care. .. READ MORE    

HealthPayer Intelligence | June 17, 2020
Due to the coronavirus, telehealth utilization is soaring. Some payers have seen their telehealth utilization increase by 50 times their typical levels within a couple of months.  Payers and providers have clearly signaled that they do not want this upward trend to be restricted to the crisis but to extend beyond the pandemic. .. READ MORE    

RevCycle Intelligence | June 12, 2020    
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are relying more on physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other non-physician providers to deliver high-quality, low-cost care to assigned patients, according to a recent CMS  studyPublished in the most recent edition of Health Affairs, researchers from CMS and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Medicine found that ACOs increased the average number of non-physician practitioners in the organization from 47 to 245 clinicians between 2013 and 2018, with physician assistants seeing the most growth. .. READ MORE    

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