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Colorado's experiment with accountable care in Medicaid has led to a second year of savings, and other states are taking note. Colorado Medicaid achieved $44 million in gross savings or “cost avoidance” in its accountable care...
Synopsis Health information technology and electronic health applications will likely change the shape of the health care workforce, by raising efficiency; allowing more patient care to be provided by physician assistants and nurse...
The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the...
Background  The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula – the mechanism that ties physician payment updates to the relationship between overall fee schedule spending and growth in gross domestic product (GDP) – is fundamentally broken....
Over the past few years, we have seen increasing interest in a new area of psychiatry called “integrated care” or “collaborative care,” and today I have the privilege of writing the first in what will become a monthly Psychiatric News ...
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 43rd annual meeting.  Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and...
As regulators and health policy experts try to determine the effectiveness of patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), one evaluator says they shouldn't all be judged by the same measuring stick. Instead, those questioning the cost and...
Health IT offers the opportunity to expand upon the patient-centered medical home, according to a report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Though many providers are working closely with other medical providers, they...
Although Medicare's proposed complex care management billing code might seem like a help to patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), not all PCMH supporters like the idea. Medicare -- the country's largest healthcare payer -- should move...
(Washington, DC) – In response to increasing collaborations among traditional medical providers and community organizations, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) released a new report to support primary care clinicians...
While the patient-centered medical home has been touted as the foundation for a better coordinated and more efficient healthcare system, experts now say medical home practices need to be connected to other parts of the healthcare system....
October 7, 2013 (Washington, DC)  - The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) will host its Annual Conference on October 13 – 15 in Bethesda, MD, including over a dozen panels and workshops that emphasize the role of primary...
With one in five South Carolinians medically uninsured, the launching of the “Healthy Outcome Plans” by hospitals throughout the state recently appears to be the proverbial drop in the bucket. The plans, done at the request of the state...
Many healthcare providers and payers are moving forward with patient-centered medical homes to improve primary care and care coordination and reduce costs, despite mixed research evidence of the cost-effectiveness of this major delivery...
The dentist eyes her patient’s red, spongy gums. she knows he was diagnosed some years ago with Type 2 diabetes, and now the condition of his mouth tells her that his blood-glucose levels are likely not as well-controlled as they should be...
Dear Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Hatch: As a large and diverse stakeholder group committed to health system transformation, the leadership of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), thanks you for this opportunity to...
Medicare understands the value of primary care, but the process of increasing payments to such providers may be more difficult than the program realizes, a former head of the American Academy of Family Physicians said here. The Centers...
Although the new federal health care law is designed to help people buying individual policies, even people with employer-provided policies are beginning to see changes in their coverage as companies rethink health care for their workers,...
The entire healthcare community is looking for ways to reduce costs and confusion, while yielding better patient outcomes. New reimbursement models being tested by Medicare, private payers and think tanks aim to consider all the entities...
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues to help healthcare organizations achieve lower costs and better care, as well as improve physician and staff morale. With such potential  benefits, FiercePracticeManagement reached out to...

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