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Why do Some States Still Require Certificates of Need?

When it comes to state-level healthcare policy, possibly the longest-running and most controversial issues is the certificate of need (CON) process. CON laws are intended to reduce overutilization, duplication of services, and other wasteful capital spending that can drive up health costs. First mandated by the federal government in a…

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Sociological Needs May Hold Key to Cutting Costs, Readmissions

CMS recently identified the 32 participants in its Accountable Health Communities Model, a five-year program designed to test the effectiveness of managing non-clinical health determinants of Medicare and Medicaid populations in order to improve outcomes and lower costs. The model is based upon the theory that social factors like stable…

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The Hidden, Growing Problem of Physician Burnout

The current political climate has generated a lot of uncertainty regarding future healthcare developments, but the debate over national policy can sometimes overshadow issues affecting the frontlines of patient care. One growing problem is physician burnout, manifesting itself in a lack of enthusiasm for work, growing cynicism about patients or…

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Are Today’s Providers Overwhelmed by Quality Reporting?

In today’s healthcare delivery environment, few concerns are as important to providers, payers, and consumers as quality. Quality scores can drive patients towards or away from hospitals and doctors, determine reimbursement rates, and subject organizations to a wide range of government incentives or penalties. Most would agree that quality measurements…

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Telemedicine Growing in Adoption and Efficiency, but obstacles Persist

Given relatively recent advancements in technology and the greater availability of high-speed internet connections, telemedicine has found new applications in several aspects of clinical care, such as remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions, virtual office visits, and transmission of patient data between specialists and primary providers. According to a…

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How Hospitals are Solving the Patient Experience Problem

Patient experience has taken on greater importance in recent years as part of an overall effort to reform healthcare delivery. In addition to the launch of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), which affects hospital reimbursement levels under CMS’ Value-Based Purchasing program, patients have made increasing…

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Commercial Groups Driving Force Behind ACOs Development

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are often touted as the healthcare delivery model of the future. Though CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program gets lots of attention from analysts and the media, the real direction of ACOs is being determined behind the scenes in the private sector. Commercial ACOs cover millions of…

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