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Value Based Care Reimbursement

Blue Cross Health Plans Expand Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

Along with other national payers, Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans have been investing in expanding value-based care reimbursement. For example, New York-based Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield has partnered with vendors to use analytics and...

Communication Key for Transition to Alternative Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

Along with health insurers, more and more providers are expected to transition to alternative payment models (APMs) especially due to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program. For example, urology group practices are likely to adopt advanced alternative...

4 Major Ways to Succeed in Value-Based Care Payment Strategies

by Vera Gruessner

What areas should payers and providers focus on when contracting through a value-based care payment strategy? In order to succeed in value-based care payment models, insurers and practitioners may need to focus on population health management,...

How Healthcare Payers Could Reduce Wasteful Spending

by Vera Gruessner

For many years, the health insurance industry has been working to address wasteful spending among hospitals and medical practices. Some of the areas of wasteful spending relate to duplicative medical testing, unnecessary diagnostics, and excessive...

Humana Standardizes Healthcare Quality Measures for Physicians

by Vera Gruessner

Last week, Humana announced in a company press release the development of a Clinical Quality Metrics Alignment (CQMA) program meant to simplify and regulate healthcare quality measures. The new strategy will be used specifically among doctors...

MACRA Pushes Payers to Adopt Value-Based Care Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

This past summer, the Labor Department announced that healthcare spending rose in August more steeply than at any point in more than 30 years. The costs for medical treatment grew by 1 percent in just one month, the Los Angeles Times reported....

Top 10 Healthcare Insurance Headlines from 2016 Involve Value

by Vera Gruessner

Over the last year, the medical insurance industry has undergone a variety of changes and overcame challenges as the space transitioned to value-based care. Below we outline ten of the most influential healthcare insurance headlines from 2016...

UnitedHealthcare Cut Costs through Value-Based Care Programs

by Vera Gruessner

Last month, UnitedHealthcare released a report outlining the benefits of value-based care programs. The report called Collaborative and Coordinated: How Value-Based Care Programs are Driving Improvements in Quality and People’s Health began...

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?...

How 4 Healthcare Payers Fare in 2016’s Health Insurance Market

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance market has gone through significant changes in 2016. A number of payers have pulled back from the health insurance exchanges such as UnitedHealth and Humana. The Department of Justice has also filed lawsuits against the mergers...

UnitedHealth Adopts Bundled Payment Model for Orthopedic Care

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare payers are finding that their reimbursement totals show higher spend for hip, knee, and spine surgeries and other orthopedic care when compared to other forms of treatment. Along with the higher spend, members regularly show poor health...

Clinical Data Analytics Key for Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

Many medical facilities have seen how the healthcare industry has been moving away from fee-for-service payment to value-based care reimbursement. Revere Health is one organization that jumped on the bandwagon early on and has quickly moved forward...

Why Value-Based Care Reimbursement, MACRA are Here to Stay

by Vera Gruessner

The outcome of the presidential election has led to some uncertainty throughout the healthcare industry when it comes to legislative changes and medical coverage. However, providers and payers will need to keep a clear head in the coming months...

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...

UnitedHealth Group Adopts Bundled Payment Models for Surgeries

by Vera Gruessner

The commercial payer UnitedHealth Group has begun expanding its involvement in bundled payment models. Forbes reported that UnitedHealth will be implementing bundled payment models for spinal surgeries as well as hip and knee replacement operations...

Health Payer Solutions for Improving HEDIS Quality Scores

by Vera Gruessner

Payers and providers transitioning to value-based care reimbursement need to commit to meeting and improving their HEDIS quality scores. However, the documentation involved in reporting HEDIS quality scores tends to become complex. Johns...

How Payers Could Gain Success in Value-Based Care Models

by Vera Gruessner

Value-based care models are on their way to becoming the main form of reimbursement between payers and providers especially when considering the goals of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to position 50 percent of Medicare...

Humana Serves 63% of Members through Value-Based Care Payment

by Vera Gruessner

The future for the health insurance industry likely revolves around value-based care payment, which has grown in use steadily over the last several years. Recent healthcare reforms have centered around tracking the quality of care, reducing spending,...

Quality Metrics Pose Problems for Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry’s fast pace transition to value-based care reimbursement has led to some major challenges for both providers and payers. Adopting completely new payment contracts based on quality metrics is not a simple maneuver...

Payers Benefit from Aligning with MIPS, Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

While healthcare regulations like MACRA legislation often centers around impacting medical providers, the health insurance industry is also integrated into the tapestry of value-based care and alternative payment models. When providers start...

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