Will Foltz

Will Foltz
Will Foltz is a healthcare analyst and blogger at Definitive Healthcare. He also helps create "The Definitive List," a weekly report highlighting specific insights gathered from Definitive Healthcare data. Will joined Definitive Healthcare after its acquisition of US Lifeline, where he worked since 2013. His interests include healthcare law, accountable care, and payment reform.
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CMS is putting increasing pressure on healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care to patients at the lowest possible cost while simultaneously reducing preventable readmissions. Some care providers have joined accountable care organizations (ACOs) to meet these expectations. However, though ACOs are capable of providing coordinated, timely care, they have limitations…

September 19, 2017 Read more
Home Healthcare Agencies

Earlier this summer, CMS proposed payment updates for various sites of care. One of the most dramatic proposals will affect the home health agency prospective payment system (HHA-PPS). One of the primary differences in the payment update emphasizes a shift away from using therapy services as a replacement for patient…

September 13, 2017 Read more
Healthcare CFOs

When the ACA passed in 2010, hospital reimbursements began to shift away from the traditional fee-for-service model and toward models emphasizing quality of care and patient outcomes. Before this legislation, CFOs primarily focused on corporate finance, availability of capital and the typical risks of investment and spending. A healthcare CFO…

September 12, 2017 Read more
Hospital ER wait times

At New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC), ER wait times were up to two and a half hours for low-acuity patients. Longer wait times in hospital ERs contribute to overcrowding and delays in medication administration for patients with mid-level injuries and illnesses like broken bones and infections. Patient mortality rate…

September 8, 2017 Read more
CRISPR cancer trials

On August 22, CRISPR Therapeutics and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (MGHCC) announced a two-year research collaboration to develop T-cell cancer therapies. The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology will be used to improve upon existing cancer cell therapies and focus on the specific needs of patients with blood cancers and tumors….

September 6, 2017 Read more
Hospital Construction

A recent Los Angeles Times story highlighted the relatively rare approach taken by Santa Barbara County: sending employees on long-distance, paid trips to undergo surgeries at high-performing but comparatively inexpensive hospitals. In one cited case, a patient requiring knee replacement surgery traveled 250 miles to a San Diego hospital to…

September 5, 2017 Read more
SNF Quality Care Measures

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are an important long-term care option for the aging U.S. population. They are essential in delivering quality care that is cost-effective. SNFs primarily differ from nursing homes in that SNF care is often covered by Medicare while nursing homes are not. Additionally, SNFs often serve as…

September 1, 2017 Read more
Hospital ER wait times

A new study evaluating CMS hospital readmissions programs was published by the University of Michigan (UM) in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. After CMS launched the Hospital Remission Reduction program in 2012, healthcare providers across the country have attempted to lower their readmission percentages—and…

August 29, 2017 Read more