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Key Challenges and Solutions of Healthcare Payment Reform

Better choices needed to manage US healthcare cost growth, says Paul Krugman at HIMSS18

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Economist Paul Krugman says more scrutiny on elective procedures could contribute to a long-term solution. “Though the U.S. still has the highest healthcare costs in the world, there are a few options that could be used to dig out of that — any of which would be better than the current state, said Krugman, which he described with a quote from Homer Simpson: “The U.S. government is an insurance company with an army.” To Krugman, “Medicaid looks more like the systems in other countries and is a well-established system. But if […]
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Three reasons telemedicine will grow in 2017

Biggest Health IT wins for new spending bill

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HIMSS Senior Director of Congressional Affairs broke down how the massive spending bill will boost telehealth, Medicaid and other crucial health IT needs. “Congressional leaders passed the spending bill last night, after a 5-hour government shutdown. Senate passed the spending bill around 1:45 a.m. with a 71-28 vote, while the House pushed through the legislation at about 5:30 this morning with a 240-186 vote. One of the biggest gains from the budget was the inclusion of the CHRONIC Care Act, which unanimously passed the Senate in September. HIMSS provided technical […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future

CMS takes aim at regulatory reforms to ease provider burden

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Lack of productivity and increased workload among top complaints from providers surveyed The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on providers with several new initiatives as part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to cut red tape in the federal government, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. According to Verma, CMS is one of the top agencies in terms of the volume of regulations it generates—11,000 pages every year, and she contends that “too much regulation can have a suffocating effect on the […]
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I Know It When I See It: Coordinated Care

I Know It When I See It: Coordinated Care

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Every healthcare encounter represents an opportunity for field research. “I’ve spent many years working with healthcare providers to implement and optimize care under bundled payment programs, beginning with diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) that bundled acute care service payments. I’ve managed care for three generations of family members, in two countries and five states. I’ve been through numerous elective and emergency procedures.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Does Blockchain Have A Place In Healthcare?

Does Blockchain Have A Place In Healthcare?

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The blockchain concept is still widely misunderstood Blockchain technology is making headlines everywhere. If you have recently attended any tech events it is highly likely that you came out of them having heard just that bit more about it. Everybody is talking about blockchain–from the President of the United States to the Nigerian government. Despite all the hype, for many people (across different industries) the blockchain concept still seems difficult to grasp, which makes it one of the most misunderstood technologies of 2017. Read the full article. Check out this article […]
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Baby Boomers Influencing the Future of Healthcare Technology, Says Infiniti Research

Baby Boomers Influencing the Future of Healthcare Technology, Says Infiniti Research

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The future of healthcare is being shaped by both demographic and technological changes New and advanced technologies, including robotics and wearables, are changing the way that treatment and diagnoses can be conducted, while greater life expectancy and aging baby boomers are presenting unique challenges to healthcare institutions and systems. Medical equipment manufacturers are also evolving in time with these changes in order to ensure their products are effective, up-to-date, and that they meet market standards and patient expectations. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social […]
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At the World Health Care Congress, a Search for Transformational Triggers in U.S. Healthcare

At the World Health Care Congress, a Search for Transformational Triggers in U.S. Healthcare

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On the opening morning of the World Health Care Congress, a look at incentives towards transformational change in U. S. healthcare While industry leaders agree that transformational change needs to take place in U.S. healthcare, exactly which elements of the healthcare system need to be fixed and how they can be successfully fixed, were questions in high relief on Monday morning at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., as the annual World Health Care Congress kicked off with its opening keynote session, “Policy and Market Forces Impacting Health […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future

Building the Healthcare System of the Future

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Multiple solutions are being put into play to help determine the future of healthcare. Healthcare in the United States is changing rapidly. An aging population has increased demand for services and the need to manage healthcare plans and benefits. Technology is becoming a major factor both in the delivery of healthcare and payment for services. Costs continue to soar, and payers are faced with the need to keep premiums low while providing adequate coverage. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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APMs, Health Data Exchange among Top Payer Reform Goals

APMs, Health Data Exchange among Top Payer Reform Goals

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A new report identifies APMs, health data exchange, patient engagement, and community resources as the top four healthcare reform areas. “The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) offered policymakers and stakeholders healthcare reform priorities, including alternative payment models (APMs) and health data exchange, that aim to lower overall healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. The report outlines four priorities that involve designing value-based reimbursement models, improving caregiver and patient engagement, collaborating with communities to build health resources, and advancing healthcare data accessibility and sharing.” Read the full article. Check out this article […]
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The Next Obamacare Battleground: Subsidies For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

The Next Obamacare Battleground: Subsidies For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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When Republicans pulled their Affordable Care Act replacement bill last Friday, Lauren Lake’s primary reaction was relief. “For many people like the Lakes, the demise of cost-sharing subsidies could mean the end of coverage – whether or not the ACA is fully repealed. If the subsidies are stopped, insurers likely would hike premiums or bolt from Obamacare exchanges and even the broader individual market, experts say.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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