Verma said prohibitions on physician self-referral may be a barrier to #valuebasedcare.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, offered some hints at the agency’s priorities in its annual rulemaking for Medicare this year, suggesting a slew of new policies on price transparency, interoperability and physician self-referral laws.

"We wanted it to be our choice long before we are forced to make one."

For-profit hospital giant HCA has entered into discussions to acquire Mission Health, a nonprofit six-hospital system based out of Asheville, North Carolina, in a deal Mission admitted may result in some jobs being eliminated.

“You can’t just say ‘Innovators innovate.’ You have to have a way to ensure that we don’t abandon our human values, our cultural values and our social norms," said Acxiom Corporation's Sheila Colclasure at #HIMSS18. #precisionmedicine

The promise of precision medicine is bringing together patient data and accounting for factors like genetic variability, environment and lifestyle to tailor treatment to an individual. Fulfilling that potential, according to Acxiom and LiveRamp’s global chief data ethics officer Sheila Colclasure,...

The merger between Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care is now expected to close on April 1, creating the 10th-largest health system in the U.S. #hospitalmerger

Downers Grove, Illinois-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee’s Aurora Health Care have gotten the final approval needed to close their merger, which will create the 10th largest nonprofit, integrated health system in the country.

Dawes had planned to announce his retirement later this month and then stay on until a replacement was chosen, but health concerns got in the way.

Christopher Dawes, MBA, announced he’ll be retiring as president and CEO of both Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California, saying health concerns led to his leaving the post immediately.

The program was supposed to save at least $330 million in Medicare hospital expenditures over five years. It took only three years to the state to exceed this target, saving a cumulative $586 million—including $311 million in 2016 alone. #hospitals #allpayer

The global budgeting, all-payer program adopted for most of Maryland’s hospitals has succeeded in keeping the growth in hospital revenue and Medicare expenditures below the rest of the nation through its first three years, while also reducing readmissions and complications.

Two of the seven #ACOs dropping out of the model lost millions in 2016 while most participants earned shared savings from CMS.

The number of participants in the Next Generation ACO model has shrunk to 51 after seven accountable care organizations (ACOs) announced they’ll drop out of the program in the largest departure of providers since the model was introduced.

US Representative Rep. Ro Khanna introduced new legislation mandating healthcare workplace violence prevention plans

In 2007, there were 120,000 licensed nurse practitioners. Now there are 248,000, according to @AmericanAssociationofNPs.

Since 2007, the number of licensed nurse practitioners (NPs) in the U.S. has grown from 120,000 to 248,000, with most NPs working full-time and in primary care settings, according to data released by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Harvard Medical School was No. 1 in 8 of the 9 categories. The sole exception was primary care, where UNC School of Medicine topped the list.

Of the nine categories included in the 2019 Best Medical Schools rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, Harvard University either tied or placed alone at No. 1 in eight of them—the sole exception being the primary care category.

ICYMI: Tavenner's tenure saw AHIP lose three of the country's major insurers as members. In 2017, it spent $6.5 million on lobbying, a 40% drop compared to 2013.

Three years after moving from administrator of CMS to lead health insurance lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Marilyn Tavenner has announced plans to retire effective June 1, with AHIP’s chief operating officer Matt Eyles taking over her role as president and CEO.

ICYMI: "It’s a paternalistic attitude on the parts of doctors like me to say patients don’t want the data or aren’t ready for it,” said ONC deputy national coordinator Jon White, MD. #healthIT #HIMSS18

ICYMI: "These findings indicate that efforts targeting utilization alone are unlikely to reduce the gap in spending between the United States and other high-income countries, and a more concerted effort to reduce prices and administrative costs is likely needed." #healthcarespending

A new study published in JAMA challenges some of the more common explanations for why the U.S. spends more on healthcare than other high-income countries, finding the U.S. isn’t an outlier on measures like utilization, share of primary care physicians or social services spending.

ICYMI: “The economics of post-acute care have been fundamentally changed as Medicare shifts its payment approach to capitation, bundles, and pay for value,” said Avalere Health president Dan Mendelson.

Since 2009, the days Medicare beneficiaries have spent in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have fallen by 15 percent on a per capita basis, which may be the result of value-based payment models leading hospitals to rely more on observational stays which wouldn’t make patients eligible for a SNF.

ICYMI: Envision alleges UnitedHealthcare stopped adding acquired providers to its network and unilaterally lowered payments.

UnitedHealth Group has dropped its bid to acquire the ambulatory services unit of Envision Healthcare and isn’t interested in participating in any deals to scoop up parts or all of the company, according to Bloomberg.

The letters asked the Joint Commission, as well as other accrediting organizations like Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation, the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality and DNV GL Healthcare, for copies of any Medicare hospital accreditation program application submitted by the AOs to CMS, as well as performance reviews, corrective action plans, validation survey feedback and any correspondence addressing the disparity rates for hospital surveys performed by the AOs. #patientsafety

The House and Energy Commerce Committee has sent letters to CMS and four hospital accreditation organizations (AOs), including the Joint Commission, asking for more information on how the entities conduct surveys and why there’s been a disconnect between their results and what state survey agencie...

ICYMI: The report said #MIPS "will not succeed in helping beneficiaries choose clinicians, in helping clinicians collectively change practice patterns to improve value, or in helping the Medicare program to reward clinicians based on value.”

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has released its March 2018 report for Congress, which includes its recommendation to eliminate the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) after only one year of clinician reporting to the program.