HHS.gov (March 3) – HHS Reaches Goal of Tying 30 Percent of Medicare Payments to Quality Ahead of Schedule
Thanks to tools provided by the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 30 percent of Medicare payments are now tied to alternative payment models that reward the quality of care over quantity of services provided to beneficiaries, HHS announced today.  Today’s announcement means that over 10 million Medicare patients are getting improved quality of care by having more time with their doctors and better coordinated care – nearly a year ahead of schedule.
Healthcare Intelligence Network (March 7) – New Market Metrics: Population Health Management Fuels Data Analytics Frenzy
With reimbursement for services increasingly riding on readings from clinical outcomes, patient experience and cost of care, the desire to slice and dice patient and population data in the name of value-based healthcare has never been stronger. The healthcare publisher’s January 2016 survey identified a number of factors behind widespread data analytics adoption, including population health management (25 percent), predictive analytics (15 percent) and cost savings (15 percent).
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