Knox: (10/6) - Dr. Mark Fourre, President of Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, reflects on the importance of expanding primary care to make communities healthier and expand access to care and equity for vulnerable groups.
Healthcare Dive: (10/5) - During their October meeting, MedPAC Commissioners advocated for implementing changes to Medicare advanced alternative payment models. Commissioners proposed condensing the number of models, making them more cohesive, and testing models for longer periods of time to yield more favorable results.
Behavioral Healthcare Executive: (10/5) - Ed Jones, Ph.D., the senior vice president for the Institute of Health and Productivity Management, reflects on how any decision to incorporate behavioral healthcare into the primary care setting must engage primary care providers in the process.
Medical Xpress: (10/5) - During the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant decrease in primary care visits with telemedicine acting as an imperfect substitute for in-office visits.
mHealth Intelligence: (10/5) - While patients have been turning to telehealth to access urgent care during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are not keeping up with annual visits or undergoing basic wellness tests.
Richmond Times Dispatch: (10/4) - A shortage of primary care physicians is expected as the U.S. population ages and older primary care doctors retire. The Association of American Medical Colleges projected that 21,000 more providers will be needed by 2033 to address this shortage.
Radiology Business: (10/2) — In the continuing resolution bill passed on October 1, the Senate approved the extension of the repayment terms for Medicare advances granted to physicians during COVID-19. This will give radiologists and other providers one year after the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program loan was issued to begin repayments.
American Academy of Pediatrics: (10/1) — Value-based care (VBC) has been rapidly adopted in the financing of pediatric care, with most pediatric VBC programs focused on addressing social determinants of health. This article provides an equity lens for identifying and addressing social needs within a pediatric VBC framework.
Healthcare Innovation: (10/1) - The current and former MedPAC chairs discussed current ACO structures in a recent joint appearance, both celebrating progress ACOs have made on cost savings and highlighting barriers to program success.
Fierce Healthcare: (10/1) — The rapid adoption of digital health technologies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the role technology can play in care delivery over the next five years. Physicians say that for technology to address their biggest needs, technology companies need to consider factors such as interoperability, improved workflow, automation, and data security.
American Journal of Preventive Cardiology: (10/1) - A study looking at COVID-19 infection severity and elderly Medicare patients with prior cardiovascular risk revealed that high-touch care with frequent preventive visits with primary care providers and specialists has resulted in higher use of cardiovascular medications, fewer hospitalizations, and lower health care costs.
Managed Healthcare Executive: (9/30) - There have been mixed results on whether doctors will embrace value-based care programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article looks at four current value-based efforts to assess progress in moving away from FFS.
Modern Healthcare: (9/29) - House Democrats introduced a new COVID-19 relief bill, which would include a provision to provide health care providers with $50 billion in new grant funds. This funding is intended to support health care providers who have experienced a loss in revenue and additional expenses as a result of the pandemic.
PR Newswire: (9/28) - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care pledged $3 million in support of independent primary care practices located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine. These grants will support practices in providing safe care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic while helping practices to purchase additional PPE, support telehealth infrastructure, implement social distancing guidelines, and other safety measures.