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By combining forces, solo and small-group medical practices helped generate $237 million in savings over three years in CareFirst's Patient-Centered Medical Home Program, the insurer revealed Thursday. CareFirst, a Blue Cross and Blue...
A few years ago it struck the D.C. region’s biggest medical insurer that the doctors who saw its members most often and knew them best got the smallest piece of the healthcare dollar. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield spent billions on...
Efforts to "bend the curve" in national health spending are likely to be strengthened by the kind of results released by CareFirst's Blue Cross Blue Shield plan last week. The insurer said its patient centered medical home program was...
In one of the largest tests of a novel way to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced on Thursday that 1.1 million people receiving care through its "patient-centered medical homes" last year were...
In the latest blow to fee-for-service medicine, the nation’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually — about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay — on “value-based” care that...
Health insurers are experimenting with new formulas for reimbursing doctors and hospitals, slowly moving away from the traditional approach of basing payments on the numbers of tests and procedures performed, according to a survey of Blue...
More than one-third (37.9%) are still unsure about the structure and purpose of medical homes, according to a report released by The Physician’s Foundation that includes responses from more than 13,000 physicians. Almost the same amount (...
In the race to put fee-for-service payments in the rear view mirror, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are emerging as an important alternative care delivery model, and many family medicine practices are implementing the concept. ...
Primary care physician pay rose slightly to more than $232,000 while specialists’ compensation rose to more than $402,000 as insurers paid them based more on quality of care provided rather than volume. The latest data from the Medical...
A regional patient-centered medical home demonstration is appears to be prime for expansion of Medicare members. Last year, Aetna started a PCMH program with WESTMED Medical Group, a physician-owned and managed multi-specialty group in...
Patients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study...
Physician groups are lobbying hard to extend an Obamacare provision that requires state Medicaid programs to pay primary-care physicians at higher Medicare rates to improve access for Medicaid patients. But to persuade congressional...
With characteristic poetic flourish and $4.5 million in seed money, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, today launched Aledade, a startup aimed at helping primary care doctors "do well by doing good," he said. To that end, he will help...
So we've come to the end of another academic year. New interns have arrived for orientation, with that combination of unbridled enthusiasm and deer-in-the-headlights panic we all remember so well. Senior residents are wrapping up their...
The federal government has taken another step to make the patient-centered medical home financially viable. Medical practices have explicit permission to bill Medicare for the services of a pharmacist on an incident-to basis. Pharmacists ...
Compliance with all of the Children's Asthma Care (CAC) core measures — a trio of interventions designed to improve the care of pediatric patients hospitalized because of asthma — was associated with reduced readmission rates, according to...
Small employers struggle to pay rising health insurance bills, year after year — but this year could be different. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is rolling out two new plans that cut premiums 15 percent and waive deductibles...
Since the 1980s, interest in the measurement of patients' satisfaction with their healthcare experiences has increased, following reports that high patient satisfaction is associated with better health outcomes. This has not been...
Family physicians who are interested in, or already part of, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) phenomenon sweeping the country now can monitor the progress of PCMH activities using a new mapping tool created by the Patient-Centered...
11:00AM EST, Monday, June 9th Contact: Staci GoldbergBelle, 202-417-2076, [email protected] Mapping the Medical Home Movement: PCPCC Launches Map Highlighting Enhanced Primary Care Programs and Patient-Centered Medical Homes Free online...

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