Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog

Six Months to Prepare for MACRA Legislation

The National Quality Strategy (NQS), led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), under the direction of the US Department of Health and Human Services hosted a Webinar on May 17th, highlighting the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy.

Accelerating and Aligning Population Based Payment Models Patient Attributes - Final White Paper

The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCPLAN) on May 13, 2016 released the White Paper of 10 recommendations to guide the patient attribution process as the US health care system moves toward Population Based Medicine (PBM). HCPLAN identifies 3 guiding principles to support these recommendations

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Open Comments on MACRA

I continue to read and review multiple comments made by providers who are pushing back on the upcoming MACRA changes - unfortunately, all of this is bigger and moving faster than any health care tsunami in US history. We have too!

April 27th, 2016 The US Department of Health and Human Services Issued a Proposal to Align and Modernize how Medicare Payments Are Tied to the Cost and Quality of Patient Care

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long awaited proposed rule establishing the new Quality Payment Program, a framework that includes the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and..

The Older Americans Act in 2016: The Future is Now

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 the Older Americans Act (OAA) was reauthorized for three years – an important bipartisan accomplishment. Enacted in July 1965 along with Medicare and Medicaid, the law is a key piece of policy that empowers the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to fund programs across the country that are dedicated to helping seniors stay in their communities.

World’s Older Population Continues to Extend the Younger Population Growth

This month, the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Aging, US Census Bureau and the US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration released the An Aging World 2015: International Population Reports

The Inevitability of Population Based Health

March will herald the 6th year since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Yet, significant data suggests that American health care still lacks coordination, is fragmented, expensive, has little accountability and is not focused on the patient. Whether or not providers and organizations have begun to move in the direction of Population Based Health Care, the reality is, there are no options.

2016 Important and Pivotal Year for Change!

In 2015, the Administration and Congress took two major steps to put patients at the center of how health care is reimbursed: The Administration set a goal for 30 percent in 2016 and 50 percent in 2018 - all Medicare payments will be linked to:

Better Care, Smarter Spending and Healthier People

The Health Care Payment and Action Network (HCPLAN) announced today the release of the finalized Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework White Paper. This document provides definition and direction for the country on the new and evolving payment model categories eventually leading into population based payment.

Provider Accountability and Transparency, 2016

The federal government seeks input from the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF), to provide recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance based payment programs.