Welcome to this week's issue of VBC Newsstand brought to you by VBCExhibitHall.com
In any given community, the local health system is probably one of the biggest employers. It’s probably also one of the biggest spenders and biggest concentrations of social capital. The word for that is anchor institution, and healthcare organizations need to embrace that status in order to keep the health equity ship moving. For nearly everyone in the country, COVID-19 served as a wake-up call for health equity, or rather, what happens when health equity isn’t a priority. The pandemic drew to the forefront gaping health disparities that stemmed from a lack of investment in social determinants of health and a lack of attention to equitable outcomes across different populations.
The CMS outlined potential guidance last week on issues like healthcare equity and climate change in its final inpatient payment rule as the federal government heightens its healthcare oversight on social issues. In the report, the CMS released comments that it received after soliciting public input during its proposed rule in April. The feedback on climate change and health equity comes as organizations like the American Medical Association released policy proposals this year aimed at advocating for environmental justice and supporting workplaces that promote wearing cultural headwear and natural hairstyles. The agency in its final rule outlined the effects of climate change on patients and hospitals, citing a consensus statement signed by over 200 medical journals and calling climate change the “greatest threat to global public health of the coming century.”
Recently, our CEO and Managing Editor, Garrett Schmitt, was interviewed by one of our esteemed platinum-level exhibitors, Healthjump. "Thank you" to Healthjump for the honor of this special feature!

Value-based care (VBC) is quickly becoming the future of healthcare. By 2030, CMS expects 100% of traditional Medicare beneficiaries to be treated by a provider in a value-based care model. The objective is to improve the quality of patient care based on specific measures, such as lowering the overall cost of care, reducing hospital readmissions, providing additional preventative care services, and more. However, value-based care can still be complex and overwhelming for many people, especially those lacking a healthcare background. Fortunately, the VBC Exhibit Hall has established itself as a one-stop-shop for value-based care organizations seeking information and vendor solutions.
A new report, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, summarizes interviews with executives at 21 organizations involved in value-based care. The report focuses on the barriers to and facilitators of data integration in support of value-based care. Conducted by researchers at the Urban Institute and HealthTech Solutions, the report noted that interviewees identified four primary uses for data integration in value-based care: point of care, care coordination, quality measurement and reporting, and population health.
Sponsored Webinars

Using Your PY 2021 Settlement for PY 2023 Selections by Sept 9th
  • Topic: Common questions about settlement calculations and specific examples of settlement reports
Sponsored by: Validate Health
Expected August 17 - August 31, 2022 (date TBD) | 1 PM EST

Last chance to decide between MSSP and REACH
  • Topic: Considerations from financial opportunity and risk exposure perspective in choosing MSSP or REACH
Sponsored by: Validate Health
Expected August 22 - August 26, 2022 (date TBD) | 1 PM EST

Overcoming the Interoperability Challenge: How to Integrate Data and Not Break the Bank
  • Topic: Solving interoperability issues, including evaluating vendors, keeping projects on track and on time, and proactively planning for data drifts
Sponsored by: Healthjump
Expected August 25, 2022 | 1 PM EST

How a Shared Care Program Can Save People’s Vision While Improving ROI
  • Topic: How shared care programs can be enabled to help patients with diabetic retinopathy
Sponsored by: Topcon Healthcare
September 13, 2022 | 1 PM EST

What can still be done to impact 2022 shared savings
  • Topic: How to make the most of the remainder of 2022 to improve shared savings
Sponsored by: Validate Health
September 14, 2022 | 1 PM EST


Your Roadmap to Building a Robust Health Equity Plan to Succeed in ACO REACH
  • Topic: Preparing for ACO REACH requirements
Sponsored by: CareSignal

Financial Changes in the Proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Topic: Understanding the proposed 2023 MPFS and its potential effects on PY 2023 and 2024 decisions, including considerations around benchmark
Sponsored by: Validate Health

Check our our Webinar Archive to view past webinars on a variety of value-based care related topics!

Upcoming Conferences
RISE West 2022
Aug. 31 - Sep. 2, 2022 | Los Angeles, CA

Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs) Annual Conference
October 17 - 19, 2022 | Orlando, FL

HLTH 2022
November 13 - 16, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV
This week's focus: Cost-effective, clinically relevant analytics
Each week we showcase one of our solution providers in a 4-5 minute interview and ask them what they bring to the VBC Community and what sets them apart. 
Today's guest:

CareJourney is a leading provider of cost-effective, clinically relevant analytics for value-based networks and currently supports leading ACOs across the US in achieving their shared savings goals. They do this by combining claims data with other openly available data sets and research-based, open algorithms. Whether you are just starting on your value-based journey or are a well-established ACO, their solutions provide key insights that will help you develop better networks, boost provider performance, improve patient care, and enable profitable network growth.
Platinum Level Exhibitors
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Gold Level Exhibitors
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