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Do Readmissions Cost More than Non-Readmissions?

One of the challenges in working in healthcare data analytics is the requirement to keep up-to-date on many diverse topics. The eHealth Initiative provides a multitude of such opportunities, and we enjoyed attending the recent National Forum on Data and Analytics at which we heard a wide variety of presentations on many topics related to the management and analysis of healthcare data.

WSJ Article on Provider Payment and Quality Metrics

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Here’s an interesting Wall Street Journal debate on the “Physician Pay for Performance” issue.  One writer favors pay-for-performance incentives, arguing that fee-for-service payment creates improper incentives for providers to over-treat patients. This writer focused on the financial incentives, and measured success based on changes in utilization patterns or costs.

Emerging Payment Models for ACOs and Bundled Payments

At the recent Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting in Chicago, several presentations covered accountable care organizations, bundled payments and other new payment methodologies. Although not described specifically in these presentations, two different payment arrangements are emerging in which payers and providers are cooperating to reduce healthcare costs. This article compares and contrasts those payment methodologies.

Presentation on Bundled Payment at the Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting

At the recent Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting, Jon Pearce from Singletrack Analytics and Kelly Price from DataGen presented a session on "Leveraging Lessons Learned from Medicare's Bundled Payment Program".

Hedging Inpatient Revenue Loss with Medicare Bundled Payments

Note – this paper is a thought experiment into the unintended consequences of various payment systems. The authors do not encourage the actions described in this paper, which do not follow the goals of readmission reduction, BPCI or accountable care. Also, participation in BPCI is limited to current participants, so no new organizations can participate.

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