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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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Urgent Care a Growing Priority for Hospitals

When it comes to high-growth healthcare fields, urgent care ranks near the top. The growth of the insured population through subsidized premiums and Medicaid expansion has led to a greater demand for primary care. With physician shortages already affecting some areas, hospitals and independent corporations have looked to urgent care…

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Why Not All Hospitals Would Suffer Under a Full ACA Repeal

As the repeal of the Accountable Care Act looms, many within the healthcare industry are uncertain over what its replacement will look like and how it will affect insurance coverage, reimbursement, and hospital revenue. While many have projected what could happen given a full repeal without replacement, it’s worth looking…

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ACO Participation Associated with Improvements in HACs

As the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) enters its fourth performance year, the growing volume of data has given analysts a better opportunity to assess the initiative’s overall impact on quality and spending. One study published in Health Affairs found that hospitals affiliated with ACOs had better readmission rates from…

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