Payment Systems Must Realign Accountability, Capability for True Population Health Gains, AJAC® Study Authors Say
March 18, 2019
Social determinants of health, including stress, social support and environmental hazards, among other factors, impact the lives of patients beyond the clinic door. It is unclear which health system stakeholders should own the responsibilities of improving these health-related measures, yet US payment systems are moving to hold individual providers accountable for associated health improvements. This represents a misalignment of accountability and capability, write two researchers in a viewpoint from the current issue of The American Journal of Accountable Care®.
March 15, 2019
Noted health policy researcher Dennis P. Scanlon, PhD, heads Center for Health Care and Policy Research at Pennsylvania State University.
Aledade: New study: in physician-led accountable care organizations Medicare Annual Wellness Visits are associated with improved health care quality and reduced costs
March 08, 2019
A new study published in the latest issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® found that Medicare annual wellness visits were associated with lower overall healthcare costs and improved clinical care quality for senior patients at two of Aledade’s physician-led accountable care organizations.
Provider Behavior Change and Value-Based Incentives: AJMC® Study Says More Can Be Done to Accelerate Healthcare Transformation
February 14, 2019
Research in The American Journal of Managed Care® examines care delivery in physician organizations in California and their experience in value-based payment arrangements.
February 13, 2019
A recent survey of US payers and biopharmaceutical manufacturers found that consideration of value-based agreements (VBAs) as a coverage and payment tool is increasing and the prevalence of VBAs is far greater than previously thought, according to research published in The American Journal of Managed Care®.
Employers Are Aware of Reference-Based Pricing Potential but Haven't Crossed Over to Adoption, Researchers Report in AJMC® Study
February 12, 2019
This Trends From the Field article about awareness and adoption of reference-based pricing in The American Journal of Managed Care® comes as the price of medical services is increasingly seen as a driver of the cost of healthcare, even as overall trends level off or stabilize.
Ariadne Labs: Study Finds Campaign to Educate Women on Hospital C-section Rates Does Not Change Their Choice of Hospitals
February 05, 2019
A targeted effort to make hospital cesarean delivery rates transparent and understood by women increased their awareness of this important quality measure, but did not drive them to choose hospitals with lower rates, according to a new study in The American Journal of Managed Care®.
January 16, 2019
The eighth annual issue about health information technology from The American Journal of Managed Care® discusses the work that is being done to fulfill its promise to improve the US healthcare system.
Massachusetts General Hospital: Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care, communication
January 14, 2019
A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital reports in The American Journal of Managed Care that virtual video visits, one form of telehealth visit used at the hospital, can successfully replace office visits for many patients without compromising the quality of care and communication.
December 13, 2018
Amid public health concerns about the risks of opioid overuse, a recent study in The American Journal of Accountable Care® (AJAC) shows increased economic burden on patients and payers when opioid therapy for noncancer pain continues beyond the initial prescription.