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Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Growth of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Health Affairs Blog   
Friday, 17 August 2018 16:15
 
The past year saw multiple developments that could affect payment reform-a new administration was getting up to speed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was debated and its implementation modified through legislative and regulatory changes, and questions were raised about the future of alternative payment models. Despite this, implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its associated programs continued, private payers continued to highlight their commitment to value-based care, and many states took steps on payment reform in their Medicaid programs.

To gauge where the field is currently, we present the most recent figures on ACO and value-based payment (VBP) adoption, and assess the implications of these trends for the upcoming year. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 August 2018 16:17
 
FMA and Aetna Launch FL Obesity Initiative Print E-mail
Written by Health News Florida   
Friday, 10 August 2018 16:50
 
The Florida Medical Association's philanthropic arm has joined with its counterpart at Aetna to try to combat obesity. The effort will include providing free continuing medical education courses and arming physicians with information about fighting obesity and supporting patient health. Dubbed the "Healthy Living Initiative," the FMA's Foundation for Healthy Floridians is collaborating with the Aetna Foundation. The initiative will provide toolkits over the next year to physicians in Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. The toolkits are designed to help reduce incidents of chronic disease by promoting, among other things, better diets.

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 August 2018 16:56
 
Just two weeks' inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable patients Print E-mail
Written by Medical Xpress   
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:04
 
Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of the disease and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but researchers reported that some study participants did not fully recover when they returned to normal activity for two weeks. The findings are published online in The Journals of Gerontology.
 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:06
 
Northwestern researchers on a big breakthrough: Slowing cancer cell growth Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 16 July 2018 17:19
 
Monica Ginsburg, reporting for Crain's Chicago Business on 7.12.18, interviews Karl Scheidt, PhD director of the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery at Northwestern University. New research led by teams from Northwestern University and Oregon Health & Science University shows that it may be possible to significantly slow down the growth of cancer cells, potentially making them easier to target with existing treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. The study, published in June in the journal Nature Communications, also includes researchers from Xiamen University in China, University of Chicago and the University of Washington. Research funding was provided by the Department of Defense and the Veteran's Administration.
 
Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> https://conta.cc/2LjgQX7
 
Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 17:22
 
Insurance Companies Protect Patients or Profits? Print E-mail
Written by MD Whistleblower   
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:56
 
A patient came to see me with lower abdominal pain. Was she interested in my medical opinion? Not really. She was advised to see me by her gynecologist who had advised that the patient undergo a hysterectomy. Was  this physician seeking my medical advice? Not really. Was this patient coming to see me as her day was boring and she was bored and needed an activity? Not really. After the visit with me, was the patient planning to return for further discussion of her medical status? Not really.

So, what was going on here? What had occurred that day was the result of an insurance company practice that I had thought had been properly interred years ago.
 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 17:19
 
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