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Preparing for End-of-life

                                                                        Preparing for End-of-life          The National Action Conference: Policies and Payment Systems to Improve End-of-Life Care was held on March 20, 2015, in light of the Institute of Medicine’s Dying in America – Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life report release. The major […]

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Recap – MedPAC Meeting, March 5, 2015 (Selected Sessions)

                                                   Hospital short stay policy issues      On March 5, 2015 MedPAC staff members Zach Gaumer, Stephanie Cameron, Kim Neuman, and Craig Lisk presented on “Hospital short stay policy issues”. Staff members presented five draft recommendations to the commission. Final recommendations will be made in April, where they will […]

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Recap – MedPAC Meeting, November 6, 2014 (Selected Sessions)

     On November 6, 2014, MedPAC staff members Jeff Stensland and Zach Gaumer presented “Beneficiary access to hospital care, and how service volume affects hospital costs”. The MedPAC staff found that beneficiaries had adequate access to hospital care and highlighted the utilization trends, specifically- increases in outpatient services, […]

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Recap – Patient-Centered Care, Payment, and Policy: The Leading Edge

     The National Health Policy Forum hosted a meeting on “Patient-Centered Care, Payment, and Policy: The Leading Edge.” The November 17th meeting provided a forum for federal government employees, Hill staff, and others to speak candidly on patient centered care. Dr. Arnold Milstein and Dr. Joe Boyce spoke […]

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Recap – IOM Workshop on the Future of Home Health

     The Institute of Medicine recently hosted a workshop, sponsored by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, on the future of Home Health (http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Aging/FutureHomeHealthCare/2014-SEP-30.aspx) and its potential role in the changing healthcare environment. With the increased focus on patient-centered care and achieving the Triple Aim, a […]

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Possible Changes in ACOs Future

     Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) employ payment methods to offer providers incentives to improve quality and better coordinate care. Currently, Medicare’s ACO payment models encompass Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), investment, advance payment, and pioneer models. Congress would like to consider testing a capitated Medicare ACO payment system—with […]

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