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Primary care practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and New York’s Erie and Niagara Counties can now apply to participate in the second round of CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model.

For the second time under the Trump administration, CMS has delayed the implementation date of bundled payments for cardiac care and an expansion of a joint replacement model, which are now due to begin Jan. 1, 2018, opening the door to additional changes, like making the models voluntary rather than mandatory.  

Two large hospitals in the Los Angeles area would be under the same parent organization under a proposed affiliation plan announced by Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Geisinger Health System and insurer Highmark have signed a letter of intent for a new joint venture to develop a new clinical network and reimbursement in four Pennsylvania counties.

New renderings have been released of the new pediatric and obstetric hospital campus at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, which is now slated to open in December, five years after the groundbreaking for the facility. 

 

Recent Headlines

First advanced certification for total hip, knee replacement awarded by Joint Commission

Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites of North Canton has become the first ambulatory surgical center to earn the Joint Commission’s advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement.

UPMC’s acquisition of Susquehanna Health comes with $500 million in improvements

The four-hospital Susquehanna Health system is officially a part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with the deal including $500 million in renovations and upgrades at the newly acquired facilities.

BCBS of Texas will launch new plan for children with demanding, complex conditions

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas will soon offer more benefits to families with children suffering from complex and demanding conditions, such as mental health disease or drug and alcohol addiction.

Weathering the storm: Maintaining imaging in the face of disaster

Hospital administrators and leaders can ensure their imaging services remain operational during a disaster scenario with careful planning and management.

Employer demand for value-based care is growing

More employers are implementing value-based reimbursement and payment arrangements with insurers and providers, according to a survey released by employee benefits consulting firm Willis Towers Watson.

The 5 innovation questions CMS wants exchange insurers to ask themselves

Health insurers need to see the changing healthcare market as an opportunity to innovate like some car companies have done in their industry, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said at an Oct. 5 forum of marketplace insurers.

Hospital’s $39 charge for parents holding newborn goes viral

After the birth of his son Samuel, Ryan Grassley was surprised by one charge on his hospital bill: $39.35 for “skin-to-skin contact” when his wife held their newborn after a C-section.

Commercial ACOs more efficient than noncommercial, both struggle with IT

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) which have contracts with commercial payors beat Medicare and Medicaid-only ACOs on several measures of performance in a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

7 key findings on how physicians feel about their workload, morale, MACRA

The majority of physicians feel they have no time to see additional patients and aren’t feeling positive about the state of their profession, according to a survey conducted by the Physicians Foundation.

American Academy of Pediatrics: No more codeine for kids

Doctors should stop giving children codeine, according to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics published in the journal Pediatrics.

 

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