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Medicare’s innovation chief, Adam Boehler, wants to “blow up” America’s system of paying for primary care by revamping one of its most fundamental building blocks: the old-fashioned office visit. In coming weeks, Boehler’s office is...
 A higher number of primary care providers (PCPs) in a given region is associated with significant gains in life expectancy for resident populations, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Adding just 10 PCPs per...
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $2.8 million to fund two projects designed to speed the use of results of PCORI-funded studies into practice. The Board also approved a PCORnet...
For many years, the battle cry of healthcare cost warriors was, “Eliminate all those wasteful services.”  More recently that evolved to, “Pay providers based on value rather than volume.” But there were always those who insisted the real...
The primary care setting is the most appropriate venue for the screening and early treatment of depression, according to the lead author of an article published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. Depression is one of the...
Growing up in Canada, I never really had to worry about healthcare coverage, and when I first moved to the United States, I had a traditional desk job which came with benefits. After deciding to go back to being a full-time freelancer and...
When Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday that it won approval to open its new medical school in California, the news that caught headlines was its decision to offer free tuition to all the medical students in its first five graduating...
Many pioneering programs have reduced avoidable utilization of care and lowered costs while improving health outcomes for adults with complex needs. The most promising models target high-risk populations and provide key elements of person-...
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but scattered outbreaks have occurred in recent years. This year there have been five — in New York, Texas, and Washington State — for a total of more than 120 cases. Here’s...
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides enhanced federal matching funds to states that expand Medicaid to nonelderly adults up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL, $17,236/year for an individual in 2019). The ACA enhanced match (93%...
More primary care doctors mean longer life for patients, but a shortage of these physicians is looming, a new study finds. Why? Fewer medical students are choosing primary care as a career, mostly because of money, the researchers...
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a fatal blow to an expansive Maryland law that aimed to bar drug makers from “price gouging” consumers. The law, which the Maryland General Assembly passed in 2017, would have prohibited generic drug...
The nation’s supply of primary care physicians is helping Americans live longer but a sliding “per capita supply” is a worrisome trend for U.S. population health, new research in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows. The new JAMA...
Every 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 population was associated with a 51.5 day increase in life expectancy, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Using that same metric, an increase in 10...
PORTLAND, Ore. — The one-day immunization clinic at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., was hectic on Saturday, with a wait of 45 minutes to over an hour just to see a nurse. But Cameron Wagner said that after balking this long at...
Dive Brief: CMS may move to push early adoption of infrastructure​ promoting transparency and stymieing data blocking, Adam Boehler, the head of the agency's payment model testing and innovation center, hinted Wednesday. Speaking...
JOURNAL: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine FUNDERS: National Institutes of Health, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation While sleep questionnaires are commonly completed by children...
The federal government is launching a challenge competition to explore the use of artificial intelligence to predict health outcomes and improve health care delivery. Adam Boehler, director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid...
As clinicians, we witness firsthand the barriers patients face when they need mental health care—barriers with deep roots in our culture and in the systems that dictate how we treat patients and pay for care. Mental health has long been...
In a briefing on Tuesday February 12th, 2019, CareFirst’s president and CEO, Brian Pieninck discussed the future of healthcare and what role CareFirst will play in actualizing that future. One important part of the conversation was...

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