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Star Ratings Delayed, But Need for Transparency Remains


Hospital industry lobbyists earned their money recently when the Obama administration bowed to Congressional pressure and delayed the release of a new system to rate hospitals based on health outcomes for patients treated under Medicare. The delay is likely to be just a short-term respite for the industry. Hospital ratings…

What MACRA Means for Healthcare Executives

Numerof Brief

Recent announcements from CMS regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) have the healthcare community buzzing.  It’s not surprising considering this piece of legislation represents the most sweeping set of changes to Medicare’s physician payment methodology since the current system was put in place 25 years…

Rising to the Challenge of Transparency: Key Next Steps for Healthcare Leaders

Numerof Brief

The healthcare delivery world is rapidly becoming more transparent. Efforts by consumers, the government, and private institutions to make price and quality data available are growing – and they will transform how healthcare executives think and operate. Neither a hard-earned reputation nor brand equity purchased with expensive advertising are enough…

Succeeding Today While Preparing for Tomorrow


With a lot of uncertainty about the future, hospital leaders are asking: What’s the best way forward? How do I succeed in today’s fee-for-service system while preparing for — but not getting too far ahead of — value-based payment? The question has become more pressing since the Centers for Medicare…

Implementing the Chronic Care Model: A Grassroots Approach

Physician Leadership Journal

Chronic diseases have largely replaced acute illness as the major driver of health care costs in the United States.1  However, most medical practices are organized along the transactional model established for treatment of acute illness, in which a single office visit is used to diagnose and treat an illness or…

Transparency, Transformation and Trust

Trustee Magazine

Neither a hard-earned reputation nor brand equity purchased with expensive advertising are enough to maintain consumers’ trust. Increasingly, for non-emergent care, consumers want to know how much a procedure will cost, and they want to compare providers’ quality, safety and outcomes records. They want transparency, with essential information provided in…