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As HHS celebrates National Health Center Week by announcing $105 million in grants for quality improvement, a study indicates that practice transformation may be taking a toll on satisfaction among clinicians and staff at some federally qualified health centers.
UPDATE: CMS called for other changes to the existing Comprehensive Joint Replacement model. Experts who work with providers on bundled payments have predicted tweaks that will let voluntary programs qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
The alliance based at Johns Hopkins seeks to promote high-value healthcare and educate the next generation of medical students in these principles.
The notice says some states have given insurers the ability to build a cushion into silver plan rates to account for the possible loss of cost-sharing reductions. An extra 3 weeks would give plans in more states the chance to do the same thing.
Large employers that self-insure can avoid the tax, but that option is off limits to small businesses like restaurants or convenience stores.
Researchers have highlighted physician education as a potential solution for the opioid epidemic, based on their findings that attending a top-ranked medical school is associated with writing far fewer opioid prescriptions.
A study used health data to show that low birth weight babies of all races that lived in areas dominated by African Americans faced the same elevated risk of asthma.
Corporate wellness programs have gained popularity as employers seek ways to cut healthcare costs. But this is the first study to measure not only health savings, but productivity gains.
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