AJMC in the Press, November 11, 2016

A review of our peer-reviewed research in the healthcare and mainstream press.

RevenueCycle Intelligence included a June study from The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) in its recent story, “Key Ways to Succeed Under MACRA’s Quality Payment Program.” The AJMC study, “Risk Contracting and Operational Capabilities in Large Medical Groups During National Healthcare Reform,” found that only one-third of providers have linked at least 50% of revenue to a risk-based alternate payment model. This slow pace of reform has limited the pace of progress in value-based care, even though CMS has set aggressive goals for Medicare.

A new study in AJMC showing the value of nonclinical benefits for patients with chronic diseases, such as increased productivity and “peace of mind,” received attention this week in news outlets, including Yahoo Finance. Diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) cause patients fatigue and memory problems, which can limit productivity. Payers that cover newer therapies for MS create value for society, but these benefits often go unrecognized, the study asserted.