Category Archives: Health

Medicare Value-based Care Program Penalizes Physicians Serving High-risk Patients

A new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has indicated that value-based payments to physicians in the Medicare program penalize those who serve socially or medically high-risk patients. The study investigated first year results for the … Continue reading

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Will Republicans Keep CMMI After All?

With President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress both elected on a platform of repealing Obamacare, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which was created by the law, would seem to be a likely target for elimination. Perhaps not. … Continue reading

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CBO Says CMMI Will Save $34 Billion Over 10 Years

In testimony before the House Budget Committee, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will save the federal government $34 billion over the next ten years (2017-2026). CMMI was established by the … Continue reading

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Medicare and Medicaid Continue Transition to Value-based Payments

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 30 percent of Medicare payments are now tied to quality or value, nearly a year ahead of goals that it set for itself in early 2015. According … Continue reading

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Senate Committee Passes Health IT Improvement Bill

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed legislation (S.2511) on February 9 that would address a number of shortcomings in federal law governing electronic health records (EHRs). The committee passed the bill unanimously by a vote of … Continue reading

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