Modern Healthcare: (10/27) - CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote an op-ed on the potential for value-based care to be the solution for containing cost growth and ensuring access to care. For the health care system to fully transition to VBC, important policy adjustments are needed to correct its course.
AZ Big Media: (10/26) - MeMD, a national telehealth provider, recently released a white paper to highlight virtual primary care as the newest and most important evolution in telehealth. The paper looks at research and expert insights into the role of virtual primary care post-COVID.
Medical Economics: (10/23) - Many patients are putting off primary care visits due to fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus - nearly one in two adults have cancelled or postponed an in-person visit since March. Primary care physicians are transforming their practice models to continue providing quality care and navigate the current environment.
Fierce Healthcare: (10/22) - According to a report by AAMC, physician shortages are projected to grow to between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by 2033, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care. The demand for physicians will continue to grow faster than supply, which could have both short- and long-term impacts on the physician workforce.
Avalere: (10/22) - A new analysis reveals Medicare beneficiaries are more likely to receive Part D autoimmune drugs and less likely to receive Part B autoimmune drugs from providers that are part of ACOs compared to non-ACO providers.
Medical Economics: (10/22) - According to the AMA, the number of employed physicians now outnumber private practice physicians. As hospitals continue to consolidate, it brings into question the future of the physicians in independent practices.
AJMC: (10/22) - This article outlines how value-based contracts between managed health care systems and school districts engaged in capitated special education can help achieve better patient outcomes and lower costs for the pediatric population.
Inside Health Policy: (10/22) - HHS reversed requirements in the Provider Relief fund that required providers to define lost revenues during the pandemic by comparing how much they earned from 2019 to 2020. This decision follows push back from providers and hospitals worried the measure could force them to return relief funding.
Health Affairs: (10/21) - COVID-19 has highlighted the risk of returning to “business as usual” in health care in the future, especially as providers face financial strain from lost revenue. To avoid delivering and paying for low value care, this article presents four opportunities to leverage COVID-19 learnings to improve value in health post-pandemic.
Health Affairs: (10/21) - Several investments have been made to address the spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus, but questions have been raised over whether all such investments are cost-effective and could lead to a more economically vulnerable position. This article explores the role of value assessments in identifying ways to address the pandemic and prepare for future crises.
MedCity News: (10/21) - COVID-19 has presented an opportunity to reinvent health care delivery, leveraging technology as a way to do so. Reimbursement for innovative services and technologies, however, must support the continued emphasis on shifting to a value-based health care system.
Healthcare Innovation: (10/20) - Humana CMO Dr. William Shrank offered insight from the health plan’s 2020 Value-based Care Report, highlighting how plans are continuing to collaborate with providers to focus on shared aligned priorities and achieve better care at lower costs.