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MediCaring Blog: Purchasing Value- Not Yet Right for Medicare’s Frail Elders

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/02/25/purchasing-value/ By Joanne Lynn In late January, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced that Medicare would purchase most services on the basis of value rather than volume, aiming for 90% of fee-for-service payments by 2018 [http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2015/01/26/progress-towards-better-care-smarter-spending-healthier-people.html]. Of course, paying on the basis

MediCaring Blog: High and Worsening Symptom Prevalence in the Last Year of Life

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/02/02/symptom-prevalence/ by Adam Singer Symptoms such as pain and confusion are very distressing for those nearing the end of life and their families. That’s why increasing attention to end-of-life care is spurring greater interest in alleviating such symptoms as a critical component of quality of life. Yet there

MediCaring Blog: The Evidence that the Readmissions Rate (Readmissions/Hospital Discharges) is Malfunctioning as a Performance Measure

Dr. Joanne Lynn

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/01/26/evaluation-flaws/ By Joanne Lynn M.D. [Also see companion post by Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H.] Care transitions improvement programs have been effective in helping the health care system both become more effective in serving people living with serious chronic conditions and reduce costs. However, the key metric

MediCaring Blog: Protecting Hospitals That Improve Population Health

Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H.

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/01/26/evaluation-flaws/ by Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H. [Also see companion post by Joanne Lynn, M.D.] Issue. The Medicare Readmission Reduction Program (MRRP) encourages hospitals to reduce readmissions within 30 days of discharge by imposing substantial financial penalties on hospitals with more readmissions than would be expected if the same patients

PDF Download: Evaluation of the Community-Based Care Transitions Program

PDF Download: Evaluation of the Community-Based Care Transitions Program Evaluation of the Community-Based Care Transitions Program, May 30, 2014; This First Annual Report PDF contains the introduction, program implementation, analysis and summary of the findings of the Community-Based Care Transitions Program. The Community-Based Care Transitions Program was created to assess metrics

Partnership for Patients: Task 2 Evaluation Progress Report

Partnership for Patients: Task 2 Evaluation Progress Report / February 2014 The Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign was launched in April 2011 with the ambitious goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 40 percent and 30-day hospital readmissions by 20 percent. To reduce harm at this level of magnitude, the

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