WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers late Thursday released the final draft of a bill that repeals Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula and replaces it with a system that incentivizes quality and efficiency starting in 2019.
State Medicaid ACOs Up but Struggles Mount
When Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing created the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) program in 2011, it carved the state in seven regions, each responsible for connecting Medicaid patients with providers and social support networks. They intend to foster informal relationships with hospitals and doctors, and, through the care coordination they bring, save the state money.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Physicians could face dramatic financial challenges for treating patients who receive health coverage through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchanges starting next year.
The number of U.S. primary care physicians using electronic medical records increased by 50% in the last 3 years, but most doctors still do not receive timely information from specialists or hospitals, an international survey found.
WASHINGTON -- A report released on the eve of the first presidential debate paints a stark contrast between President Obama's and Mitt Romney's healthcare policies and their potential impact on the uninsured and health spending.
In the six months since the Supreme Court decision gave states the option to opt out of the expansion with no penalty, some states have made their decisions clear while others remain undecided. Meanwhile, the federal government answered states' questions about their options, and the healthcare provider community geared up for a possible increase in coverage.