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How health IT, MU policy could 'hinder' payment reform

Meaningful Use helped accelerate the adoption of electronic health records, but now should be changed to align IT with other payment reforms and policies and support higher value care, according to a new health policy brief from the Brookings Institution's Engelberg Center for Health Reform.

Alternative quality care contracts can be 'backbone' for payment reform

The alternative quality care contract that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has had in place since 2009 could serve as a payment reform "backbone" for other insurers as they increasingly reward quality, efficient care, according to a new report from Avalere Health.

Docs who don't adopt EHRs face 'unique' challenges

Physicians who have not transitioned to electronic health records face a "unique" set of challenges that limits their ability to make the change, according to a study and article in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

3 recommendations for HHS payment reform

As part of its shift from fee-for-service to the value-based payment model, the Department of Health and Human Services should focus on bundled payments, cancer treatment and improving the accountable care organization model. argues a new opinion piece by healthcare economist Ezekiel Emanuel and colleagues for the Center for American Progress.

3 ways grantmakers can promote payment reform

In a time of major shakeups for how healthcare providers are paid, there are several steps funders can take to promote meaningful payment reforms, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Here are three of those steps. 

3 steps to healthcare payment reform

In order to achieve payment reform, the healthcare industry must take several key steps, says Alan Weil, editor-in-chief of  Health Affairs. H e recommends that the healthcare industry let leaders lead, think small and focus on the journey, not the destination.   Here are some highlights from three of the five steps Weil outlines in his post.

Benefits of payment reform yet to be seen, research suggests

Despite the Affordable Care Act's creation of accountable care organizations and its push toward value-based medicine, some of the nation's highest-paid doctors still work largely under a fee-for-service model, according to an article from  U.S. News & World Report.  

New research to target physician attitudes toward payment reform

Amid the ongoing shift from fee-for-service healthcare reimbursement to value-based payments, much remains unknown about how clinicians' mindsets and behaviors will also change as new models unfold, leading two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers at  the Center for Health Policy and Health­care Research to begin a pilot study this fall in which they will interview physi­cians and staff, according to a post from the university.

Bundled payments can be gateway to payment reform

When insurers implement bundled payment projects, they're transforming care by focusing on quality and lowering costs, making it a strong gateway to propel payment reform, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Institute.

Reference pricing exposes cost variation, but doesn't save money

Although the practice of reference pricing helps emphasize the wide variation in medical costs, it doesn't actually decrease healthcare spending, according to a new report.