April 17, 2017

Is Price Transparency the Next “Big Thing”? High deductible health plans are likely here to stay. As consumers pay bigger portions for healthcare, many find it difficult, if not impossible, to pay bills that run into the thousands. When consumers can’t pay, physicians and hospitals suffer. Ten US hospitals and health systems filed for bankruptcy […]

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April 3, 2017

For the second time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a delay in implementing bundled payment models. CMS’ Interim Final Rule[1] delays several Medicare payment models until Oct. 1, 2017. This rule has stakeholders wondering if there will be yet another delay beyond October or if bundled payments will take hold at all under the Trump administration.

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March 27, 2017

Hippocrates is often credited as being the first to use some form of the famous quote “First, Do No Harm” which dates back to the late Fifth Century.  This quote was the precursor to today’s modern Hippocratic Oath and was obviously written when physicians weren’t influenced by government reimbursements. With the recent news that the […]

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March 13, 2017

Although the rate of appeals is low, mitigating potential and actual conflicts of interest is a critical issue for Independent Review Organizations (IRO). A conflict of interest severely damages the integrity of the independent review process, both for internal and external reviews. Thus, transparency between stakeholders is important to maintain this review integrity. Generally, both […]

conflict of interest
independent review organization
model act
New York
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March 13, 2017

Drugs are killing us, literally and financially. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that “opioids (including prescriptions opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.”[1] Abuse of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs costs our country […]

mental health
Patrick Kennedy
substance abuse
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