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Value Based Care Reimbursement

How to Fix Obama’s Affordable Care Act Without a Repeal

by Vera Gruessner

Now that a new President and a Republican-controlled Congress has been elected, what does the future for healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) look like? What will happen to the Affordable Care Act cannot be answered simply since...

Humana Spent $93M in Quality Payments for Provider Network

by Vera Gruessner

The national payer Humana announced in a company press release earlier this week that it has reimbursed more than $93.6 million to more than 4,000 provider groups countrywide participating in their Provider Quality Rewards Program. These particular...

How to Favorably Manage Risk in Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

While downside risk does not incentivize providers to take part in value-based care reimbursement policies, data-driven technology and a combination of financial motivations may encourage physicians to transition to alternative payment models,...

Why Reviewing Pricing Trends is Key for Bundled Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

When payers begin to adopt bundled payment models, they may find some challenges standing in their way to truly succeed within these alternative payment solutions. For example, when attempting to contract through bundled payments, it may be difficult...

How Payers Could Adjust to MACRA Regulations, Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

MACRA regulations may seem overly complex and lengthy for the average medical practice but there are steps that providers can follow to succeed under MACRA’s quality payment program. Providers can work with payers to better identify similar...

How MACRA Legislation Advances Value-Based Care Reimbursement

by Vera Gruessner

MACRA legislation may play a major part in advancing the adoption of value-based care reimbursement among both payers and providers. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt emphasized this past May that MACRA legislation will bring real progress...

Blue Cross to Expand Value-Based Care Reimbursement in 2017

by Vera Gruessner

The coming years will further position the medical industry including payers to adopt value-based care reimbursement models and new healthcare delivery systems partially due to the reforms that came about from the Patient Protection and Affordable...

Humana’s Value-Based Care Platform Decreased Costs by 20%

by Vera Gruessner

The health payer Humana released positive results within its Medicare Advantage program for the third year in a row, according to a company press release. The value-based care platform used at Humana indicated 19 percent higher HEDIS scores among...

How Blue Cross Blue Shield Achieved Value-Based Care Payment

by Vera Gruessner

The transition to value-based care payment from fee-for-service payment methodology has come about due to the constant rise of healthcare spending. In fee-for-service, healthcare providers are incentivized to perform more services and offer often...

25% of Health Plans Implement Alternative Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

Among commercial health plans, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid markets, approximately 25 percent of reimbursement is expected to be in the form of alternative payment models by the end of 2016, according to a new report from the Health Care...

Commercial Payers Behind CMS in Bundled Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have heavily invested in pursuing bundled payment models as an alternative form of payment for medical care among Medicare beneficiaries. Commercial payers, however, have been more slow to...

Payers Slow to Adopt Value-Based Care Payment Arrangements

by Vera Gruessner

A new survey from the healthcare alliance Premier found that healthcare payers are not transitioning to value-based care payment arrangements as quickly as medical providers would like, according to a company press release. With the Centers for...

Private Payers Follow CMS Lead, Adopt Value-Based Care Payment

by Vera Gruessner

Commercial payers are following the lead of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) when it comes to adopting value-based care payment protocols. More private payers have implemented various value-based CMS programs such as accountable...

Latest CMS Bundled Payment Strategies May Need Revision

by Vera Gruessner

The Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute has found problems with some of the latest bundled payment strategies coming from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) including flaws surrounding clinic-centric control of the...

VT All-Payer Model Aligns Costs for Public, Private Insurers

by Vera Gruessner

The state of Vermont is moving forward with establishing an all-payer model that uses accountable care organizations and ensures a provider is reimbursed by an equal amount among all healthcare payers for a particular service. The Vermont government...

Health Insurance Marketplaces Call for Plan Standardization

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare payers are being instructed to offer standardized plan and benefit designs as the  federally facilitated health insurance marketplace is working to improve consumers’ ability to compare varying health plans during the next...

How Payers Could Meet Employer Needs in Bundled Payment Models

by Vera Gruessner

While the number of bundled payment models adopted by hospitals and payers is growing, implementation of value-based care is an innovative and modern idea that many healthcare providers are still unfamiliar with. For instance, bundled payments...

3 Key Steps for Payers to Succeed in Value-Based Care Payment

by Vera Gruessner

Commercial health insurance companies have little reason to remain attached to fee-for-service payment systems since the rate of healthcare costs continues growing and the healthcare industry as a whole is moving toward value-based care reimbursement....

4 Ways Health Payers Could Decrease Medical Spending Growth

by Vera Gruessner

Health insurance companies are often looking for key methods and best practices to reduce rising healthcare costs. Payers could avoid the continual increase in medical spending by reducing the rates of unnecessary and duplicative services, adopt...

CMS Medicare Value-Based Care Model Expands to 3 More States

by Vera Gruessner

The states of Alabama, Michigan, and Texas will be able to test the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design model beginning on January 1, 2018, according to a fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). During...

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