MedPAC report suggests MIPS may not help patients, clinicians | Annual customer-service training essential to high-quality practice | House weighs medical malpractice cap bill
June 22, 2017
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On the Provider Front
MedPAC report suggests MIPS may not help patients, clinicians
A Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report said commissioners are looking at revising the Quality Payment Program because its Merit-based Incentive Payment System may not help people choose a clinician or help practitioners change their practices to improve value. MedPAC also made recommendations on ways to improve the Medicare Part B drug program.
MedPage Today (free registration) (6/16) 
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Annual customer-service training essential to high-quality practice
Annual review and training sessions in customer service are important in all areas of a practice, including the front office, which serves as the front line and face of the practice; the back-office operations involved with scheduling, billing and insurance; and the practitioners and providers themselves.
Physicians Practice magazine online (6/17) 
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Insurance Front
House weighs medical malpractice cap bill
A vote in the House of Representatives on H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, is expected in the coming weeks. The bill would cap noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $250,000 for states that do not already have a limit, set a statute of limitation for suits and ban joint and several liability for suits, as well as other changes.
MedPage Today (free registration) (6/16) 
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HIT Developments
FDA aims to encourage innovation in digital health technology
The Food and Drug Administration is moving on a variety of fronts, including a new approach to regulation, to accelerate the pace of innovation in digital health in a way that could transform health care delivery in the US, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. "FDA will help innovators navigate a new, modern regulatory process so that promising, safe and effective developments in digital health can advance more quickly and responsibly, and Americans can reap the full benefits from these innovations," he writes in the FDA's official blog.
FDA Voice blog (6/15) 
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Trends in Health Care
Hospital Value-Based Purchasing review shows mixed results
The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program has not led to better clinical-process or patient-experience measures, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study found the initiative did not significantly reduce mortality among patients admitted to the hospital for acute myocardial infarction or heart failure, but it did reduce mortality for patients admitted for pneumonia.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/14) 
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CMS: Report tracks US hospital care spending growth
CMS: Report tracks US hospital care spending growth
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A report from the CMS Office of the Actuary showed total hospital services spending grew nearly threefold from 1991 to 2014, with annual growth rates ranging from 3.8% in the District of Columbia to 7.9% in Idaho. Per capita health care spending in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states climbed by 4.4% and 4.5%, respectively, which the report attributed to increased coverage in expansion states and higher spending growth per insured person in non-expansion states, the report said.
Healthcare Finance News (6/15) 
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Aon News
Aon Financial Services Group: 2016 D&O year in review
Aon Financial Services Group is pleased to present the thirteenth annual Year in Review. In 2016, FSG tracked executive liability exposures and trends, including the increase in securities lawsuit filings, changes in merger objection litigation, SEC enforcement actions and the whistleblower program, as well as continued developments in cyber-related matters. Download full report.
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Aon's 2017 Political Risk Map
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aon Political Risk Map; Aon has again partnered with Roubini Global Economics this year to produce our findings. In an ever-changing world, the focus for political risk seems to be shifting from emerging and frontier markets to the effect that shifts in developed markets may have on the rest of the world. The main themes that have been the focus of our analysis this year are trade protectionism and populist policies, sanctions and business risks and political risk and the Energy market. Read more.
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