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3 Ways Bundled Payment Models Brought Hospital Cost Savings

January 16, 2017 - Case studies of bundled payment models show significant cost savings among hospitals and both public and private health insurers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for instance, invested in bundled payment models for lowering the costs of joint replacement surgeries. The CMS program is called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model and was implemented...


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3 Ways Bundled Payment Models Brought Hospital Cost Savings

by Vera Gruessner

Case studies of bundled payment models show significant cost savings among hospitals and both public and private health insurers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for instance, invested in bundled payment models for lowering...

Humana Advances Population Health Management, Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurer Humana has been progressing with population health management and value-based care by partnering with the population health company FullWell in December 2016, according to a company press release. The partnership creates a...

20% of Surveyed Physicians Familiar with MACRA Regulations

by Vera Gruessner

No more than 20.6 percent of primary care physicians and 19.5 percent of specialists are “very or somewhat familiar” with MACRA regulations, according to a survey completed in 2016 by Merritt Hawkins for The Physicians Foundation....

Cigna Partners with Scripps Health in Pay-for-Performance Model

by Vera Gruessner

The national health insurer Cigna announced in a company press release yesterday that it will be partnering with the nonprofit healthcare delivery system Scripps Health through a pay-for-performance contract to provide employers in the San Diego...

Cigna’s Key Principles for Healthcare Quality Measures

by Vera Gruessner

Cigna is one national health insurance company that has moved forward with creating successful healthcare quality measures for their provider networks. The company uses national standards along with physician feedback when creating its own healthcare...

Humana, Aetna, Cigna Invest in Value-Based Care Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

Value-based care payment models are continuing to make headlines among major health insurance companies around the nation. Last month, Humana entered into a value-based care arrangement with the population health management company Fullwell,...

70% of Medical Groups Concerned About MACRA Regulations

by Vera Gruessner

MACRA regulations have impacted the revenue cycle of providers across the country particularly regarding Medicare reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The American Academy of Family Physicians outlined how...

How Blue Cross Health Plans Affect Anthem-Cigna Merger Lawsuit

by Vera Gruessner

The Anthem-Cigna merger lawsuit has brought significant evidence to light ever since the case began on November 21, 2016. The Department of Justice has been able to illuminate that the health insurance merger would create major market concentration...

6.4 Million Enrollees Sign Up on Affordable Care Act Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

As of December 21, a total of 6.4 million consumers have enrolled in health plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges on HealthCare.gov, reported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a fact sheet. The number of enrollees...

CMS Halts on Changing Medicare Part B Prescription Guidelines

by Vera Gruessner

The American Hospital Association (AHA) reported on December 16 that a finalized rule for the prior proposal to test new models for prescription drug payments under Medicare Part B has been scrapped. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

CMS Issues Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac, Orthopedic Care

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released earlier this week the finalized bundled payment models for cardiac and orthopedic care including the Medicare ACO Track 1+ Model, according to a CMS fact sheet. The bundled payment...

UnitedHealth Releases Accountable Care Organization Coverage

by Vera Gruessner

On December 7, UnitedHealthcare announced in a company press release the introduction of the NexusACO, which is a new health plan product that allows consumers to obtain care from accountable care organizations. The program is expected to reduce...

CMS Accountable Care Organization Model Targets Dual Eligibles

by Vera Gruessner

On December 15, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of the new Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. The model is meant to improve the quality of care and decrease costs of beneficiaries...

ACA Health Insurance Exchanges Bring Challenges for 2017

by Vera Gruessner

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges will have some key differences next year. Health insurance companies have faced various obstacles when selling health plans through the exchanges. These challenges include a higher risk...

Senate, House of Representatives Pass 21st Century Cures Act

by Vera Gruessner

This week, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act. President Obama signed the legislation into law on Tuesday, December 13. The 21st Century Cures Act passed with bipartisan support 94-5 in the Senate and 392-26 in the House of Representatives....

Tom Price and His Stance on Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

Representative Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon, was nominated to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on November 29. What does this nomination mean for value-based care reimbursement in the Medicare program?...

AMA: Health Insurance Merger Cuts Medicare Advantage Competition

by Vera Gruessner

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced in a press release earlier this week their position against the health insurance merger between Aetna and Humana, particularly regarding its impact on the Medicare Advantage market. The AMA is...

Payers See High Financial Losses on Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare payers have been facing significant financial losses on the health insurance exchanges in recent years. UnitedHealth Group lost $475 million in 2015 and was predicting a loss of $650 million in 2016, according to Kaiser Health News....

How the 21st Century Cures Act will Impact Healthcare Payers

by Vera Gruessner

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by 392-26 votes. The 21st Century Cures Act affects the health insurance market through a provision that establishes small business health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs),...

CMS Commits to Improved Care Quality, Medical Spending Cuts

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to work toward creating a better healthcare system for patients while keeping close track of medical spending regardless of which political party is in charge, said Andy...

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