In late June, CMS issued its finalized national coverage determination (NCD) for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. We previously wrote about the first published draft of the NCD, analyzing the expected impact on hospitals and health systems. Learn about the final changes.
Previously, we discussed how to improve underperforming comanagement arrangements. What about those arrangements that are succeeding and enhancing an organization’s quality, patient satisfaction, and costs: what’s next? Here are three possible strategies to help grow volume, improve profitability, and solidify alignment with physicians.
Comanagement arrangements have been with us for a long time, and their popularity as a hospital-physician alignment tactic intensified early this decade. Many organizations saw comanagement as a way to quickly improve the overall performance of certain service lines and be ready to perform better under bundled care and other value-based payment arrangements. For most, mission accomplished; quality has improved, patient satisfaction scores are better, and costs are better managed.
On June 25, the Florida State Legislature passed the healthcare-related House Bill 843, which contained two provisions that will have a direct impact on Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) in the state. Learn the broader implications for the future of ASCs across the country.
ECG and ORC are committed to providing our colleagues in the oncology community with the highly specialized expertise they require to meet the challenges they face in a dynamically evolving field.
CMS has offered a second application period for organizations considering participation in BPCI Advanced. Many organizations have submitted the nonbinding application to receive detailed claims data that will provide valuable insight into organizational performance across the 37 inpatient and outpatient episodes, as well as post-acute performance.
In a typical ambulatory care setting, the focus is on day-to-day workflow, and clinic teams are often operating under the stress of an ever-changing schedule. By using the three methods of instituting lasting change, process improvement becomes an everyday expectation for clinic staff that is integrated into daily workflows.
When designing an obstetrics unit, a hospital often narrows its options to two distinct types LDR or LDRP. This guide outlines four key considerations for facilities and obstetrics unit leadership during this decision-making process.
On July 10, CMS released a proposed rule for an advanced payment model for radiation oncology services. The model marks a significant departure from Medicare’s historical fee-for-service payment approach and will be mandatory for all radiotherapy providers within a set of randomly selected geographic areas throughout the country.
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