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
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
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 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 / 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
PDF Download: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Report to the Congress: New Approaches in Medicare, June 2004 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Report to the Congress: New Approaches in Medicare, June 2004; This PDF contains the Table of Contents, Executive Summary, and Chapter five of the report: "Defining long-term care hospitals" (pgs.