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As the nation’s largest health care payer, responsible for more than one in five dollars spent on health care within the United States, Medicare plays a key role in transitioning the health care system away from fee-for-service, which incentivizes quantity of care, and towards value-based care, which incentivizes high-quality care and smarter spending. The passage of the Affordable Care Act served as a catalyst for innovative payment and care delivery models that reward better care, smarter spending, and health in all facets of life. Over the past decade, Medicare has made significant progress in moving towards value and advancing accountable care.
American Hospital Association | July 12, 2022
Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in tech-based approaches to improving maternal outcomes and the birthing journey. While most women still have in-person visits to check the progress of their pregnancy, deliver or check-in following delivery, technology can expand the reach of health care services. Digital solutions, including remote patient monitoring, mobile health apps, and telehealth visits can facilitate continuous communication between expecting and new moms and their care teams. They also can provide a sense of comfort and security, which is much needed during this period of life. As hospitals and health systems increase their use of technology, it’s important to remember that not all patients have access to digital solutions.
The American Medical Association has criticized the new Medicare payment schedule proposed rule released last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, saying it fails to account for inflation in practice costs and “COVID-19-related challenges to practice sustainability.” The proposed 2023 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) conversion factor is $33.08, a decrease of $1.53 from the 2022 PFS conversion factor of $34.61. This conversion factor accounts for the required update to the conversion factor for 2023 of 0%; the expiration of the 3% increase in PFS payments for 2022 as required by the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers From Sequester Cuts Act; and the required budget neutrality adjustment to account for changes in Relative Value Units.
Alternative payment models that put financial risk on healthcare providers improved care quality for patients with diabetes more so than fee-for-service and incentive payment programs, according to a new study published in Health Affairs “Models that place greater financial risk on providers, such as global payment and shared savings, tend to demonstrate greater improvements in diabetes quality metrics compared with lower-risk pay-for-performance models,” the study’s authors...
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July 27, 2022 | 1 PM EST

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July 26 - 29, 2022 | Virtual

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October 17 - 19, 2022 | Orlando, FL

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November 13 - 16, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV
This week's focus: Accessible, Scalable, and Cost-Effective RPM
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:

CareSignal, recently acquired by Lightbeam Health, offers remote patient monitoring for value-based care organizations. From breastfeeding to dialysis, CareSignal has over 20 condition-specific, evidence-based, and accessible SMS and IVR programs to meet patients where they are and enable care managers to improving outcomes for any of their patients. CareSignal offers robust, out-of-the box services and support–all customizable to different organizations’ standards of care so providers can realize value with CareSignal quickly.
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