PA to run its own health exchange
GME payments eyed by Joint Select Committee
– Pennsylvania will be running its own health insurance exchange, once the Affordable Care Act allows for the creation of the exchanges in 2014.
LG Health representative testifies on Capitol Hill
– Graduate medical education payments may be targeted for cost cutting by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Physicians, hospitals look to improve key metrics; prepare for value-based pursuing plan
– The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee recently held a hearing about the challenges faced by patients, physicians and hospitals as a result of growing nationwide drug shortages. Richard Paoletti, vice president at Lancaster General Health, testified at the hearing, outlining the impact on the hospital's patients, staff, and finances.
Medicare urges participation in bundled payment initiative
Physicians at Massachusetts General are redoubling their efforts to improve patient care, homing in specifically on those quality metrics—such as the 30-day mortality rate for congestive heart failure—included in Medicare's new value-based purchasing program.
Fair Share Act seen as good news for doctors
– The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting applications for its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, aimed at streamlining patient care during and after inpatient hospital stays while reducing Medicare costs.
– The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1131, better known as the Fair Share Act, on June 27. The Act was signed into law by Governor Corbett and took effect immediately. The Fair Share Act is widely viewed as a political victory for healthcare providers.