Jun 7, 2018 11:31:11 AM

How To Find the Upside in Downside Risk

Wary of factors that are outside their control, almost two-thirds of healthcare leaders would rather bail out of their accountable care organizations (ACO) than make the leap to a model that includes downside risk.

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Topics: Value-Based Care

Apr 27, 2018 9:02:33 AM

7 Ways Hospitals Can Use CHNAs to Improve Health and Wellness of Communities

The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) can be much more than a regulatory obligation for nonprofit and governmental hospitals. Done well, a CHNA can strengthen the hospital’s position as a provider of choice. It can also elevate the hospital beyond its historical role as a provider of sick care to a hub for health and wellness services in the community.

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Topics: CHNA, Hospital Management

Mar 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

MedPAC to Congress: Replace MIPS With Voluntary Value Program

Congress should repeal MIPS and replace it with a new Voluntary Value Program (VVP), according to a report released recently by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the independent advisory agency tasked with making recommendations on Medicare policy.

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Topics: Payment Models, MIPS Healthcare, MedPAC

Mar 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Bipartisan Budget Act Taps the Brakes on MIPS—But Don’t Slow Down!

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA18), signed by President Trump on February 9, includes several provisions that will affect healthcare providers’ Medicare reimbursement—in both positive and negative ways.

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Topics: Payment Models, MACRA

Mar 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Moving the Needle on the Triple Aim

Charles Darwin might have been talking about the world of healthcare when he said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

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Topics: Triple Aim Healthcare

Feb 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM

CMS Bundled Payment Train Back on Track. Should You Board?

After scaling back its two mandatory bundled payment programs last year, CMS recently signaled that the value-based payment train remains on track for the current administration.

Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-A) opened to applicants on January 11. With the application deadline of March 12, 2018, just around the corner, the pressure is on to decide whether your hospital or physician group practice is going to participate.

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Topics: Physician Compensation, Payment Models

Jan 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MedPAC and OIG Weigh in on MACRA

The month of December saw additional and important communications from two watchdog groups on the subject of the Medicare and CHIP Reinvestment Act (MACRA) of 2015.

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Topics: MedPAC, MACRA

Dec 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

What Your Peers Couldn’t Read Enough of on Our Blog

The healthcare industry has experienced monumental shifts in 2017—changes in policy, regulations, technology and mergers that make it difficult to keep up. That’s why our goal is simple: To help our clients anticipate, adapt and take advantage of a transforming industry to accelerate their growth.

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Topics: healthcare

Dec 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM

UPDATE: Finalized Bill Softens Blow to Hospitals and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

Last week, we provided a high-level overview of components that would directly affect healthcare. With the finalized tax bill passed today, we have updated those components to include results of the final bill.

 

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Topics: Tax Reform

Dec 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

House and Senate Tax Bills Could Deliver a Huge Blow to Hospitals and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

From lowering corporate taxes to health insurance mandates to the impact on the middle class, there are many headlines out there related to the recently passed House and Senate tax bills.

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Topics: Tax Planning, Tax Reform

Nov 7, 2017 7:30:00 AM

15 Takeaways You'll Want to Know From the QPP Year 2 Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued on November 2nd its final rule with comment period for the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) Year 2. With a continued focus on providing flexibility and reducing administrative burdens, CMS listened to stakeholders’ concerns and challenges by promising to:

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Topics: Quality Payment Program, MIPS and MACRA, QPP, CMS

Nov 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

House Tax Reform Details Unveiled

The House Ways and Means Committee just released the details of their tax reform bill and will start hearings next week. The Senate Finance Committee will roll out their companion legislation in the next couple weeks.

Many of the provisions are similar to those of the joint framework released in late September. However, now we have more specifics, albeit with many gaps still remaining.

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Topics: Tax, Tax Reform

Oct 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM

MedPAC on MIPS: What You Need to Know Now

MIPS is, and always was, a short-term strategy. The MACRA architects designed the Merit-based Incentive Payment System as a stepping stone to participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs), which they envisioned as the better avenue to improve population health and bring down costs.

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Topics: MIPS and MACRA, MedPAC

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