Focus of the Week

February 19, 2018
A survey of healthcare executives finds that ongoing issues with interoperability are holding back the transition to value-based reimbursement mechanisms. Humana's Chief Medical Officer, Roy A. Beveridge, MD, said the healthcare system must demand the same level of seamlessness seen in the banking industry.
February 16, 2018
A new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper identified potential hospital cost shifting and that hospitals penalized by the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program actually had an increase in average payments of 1.5%.
February 15, 2018
The results of a new survey, published in a recent white paper by HealthCare Executive Group and Change Healthcare, showed that a majority of executives are increasingly adopting social determinants of health into their programs.
 
February 14, 2018
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) have developed new guidelines on managing immune checkpoint inhibitor-related toxicities.
February 13, 2018
As value-based insurance design (VBID) continues to gain and maintain bipartisan support, the last week alone saw the introduction of the Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018 and the passing of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which includes VBID components. 
February 12, 2018
Of the 262 patients with type 2 diabetes in the intervention, 83% stuck with it through the first year, despite significant requirements.
February 08, 2018
Awareness of blockchain technology among healthcare executives has risen over the past year, especially over the past several months, according to a webinar hosted by Healthcare Research & Analytics® (HRA), a market research firm. However, since the technology is still in its infancy stages, that interest has not translated into widespread adoption, according to the presenters.
February 07, 2018
Transgender and gender-nonconforming adolescents have poorer overall health and receive less healthcare than their cisgender peers, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.
February 06, 2018
Communities nationwide have been forming partnerships between healthcare providers and community-based organizations in an effort to enhance health-related social needs. Researchers from The Commonwealth Fund highlighted common challenges and proposed solutions for these partnerships.
February 05, 2018
Critics of the non-emergency transportation benefit cite the potential for fraud, but others say transportation often tops the list of reasons people miss medical appointments.
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