Category Archives: Health Care Reform: Quality Improvement

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Cabinet Exit Memo

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has prepared this Cabinet Exit Memo, describing some of the accomplishments of the Obama Administration over the past 8 years, and outlining the key issues facing the Department of Health and Human Services … Continue reading

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Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: 2016 Report to Congress

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its third report to Congress.  The Innovation Center was created by section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, … Continue reading

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Health Care Payment Learning Action Network: Performance Measurement

The Health Care Payment Learning Action Network (HCPLAN) has released a white paper on performance measurement within alternative payment models (APMs).  HCPLAN work products will be considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  for implementation of the Medicare Access and Children’s … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Regions Announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the 14 regions (in 16 states) that will be participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries: Arkansas: Statewide Colorado: Statewide Hawaii: Statewide Kansas and … Continue reading

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American Medical Association: Action Kit on MACRA Proposed Rule

The American Medical Association (AMA) has published an “Action Kit” summarizing the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and highlighting its preliminary comments and recommendations for changes to the proposed rule. Among the issues that the … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: MACRA Proposed Rule Fact Sheet about Small Practices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published this fact sheet describing how small group physician practices (defined as practices with 15 or fewer physicians) and practices in rural or health professional shortage areas will be impacted and accommodated … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Additional Resources on MACRA Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made available two additional resources about its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  The first resource is a set of slides describing the proposed rule. Link to Original … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: List of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under MACRA Proposed Rule

Buried deep (on pages 501-502) in the 900+ page pre-publication version of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is Table 32, which lists current Alternative Payment Models (APMs) … Continue reading

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Community Catalyst: Consumer Policy Platform for Health System Transformation

Community Catalyst has published this policy platform for health system transformation from a health consumer perspective. When using the framework of the “triple aim”, consumers should be asking: whether “better care” focuses on improving care for people with multiple chronic … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Fact Sheet on MACRA Proposed Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published this useful summary of its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA): Link to Original Source

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