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Will hospital peer grouping by patient socioeconomic status fix the Medicare HRRP or create new problems?

By Richard Fuller, MS

In this blog, we return to how socioeconomic status is accounted for when measuring patient outcomes. We have actively participated…

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White Paper: Hierarchical condition categories (HCCs) and the shift to value-based reimbursement

What are HCCs and what role do they play in value-based reimbursement? Find out in our white paper.…

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Five-Star Hospital Compare: a one-star endeavor

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

In this month’s blog we return to a recurring theme—the issues related to risk adjustment and performance measurement. More specifically,…

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Reconciling different visions of our healthcare system

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

The conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer opined in a recent Washington Post editorial: “The Democrats will eventually push to junk…

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Risk adjustment – the soft underbelly of healthcare system reform

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

Last month, an article appeared in Modern Healthcare lauding the achievement of New York’s Bellevue Hospital in reducing readmissions to…

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An essential next step for healthcare reform: Ensuring the future of safety net institutions

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

In the past few weeks, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article and the National Academies…

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The ICD-10 saga—Lost years and hard lessons

By Richard Averill, MS

The August issue of the Journal of AHIMA features an article by Sue Bowman that chronicles the dire predictions of…

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Moving from “old thinking” comparisons of claims-based vs. chart-based methods for quality improvement

By Norbert Goldfield, MD, Richard Fuller, MS

A recent article in the journal Medical Care examines the validity of AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) and CMS Hospital-acquired…

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Why CMS needs to get the hospital-acquired complication policy right

By Norbert Goldfield, MD, Richard Fuller, MS

In our March blog, we highlighted some of the challenges with the CMS Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). In…

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Increasingly disproportionate penalties in the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP)

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

We have discussed payment adjustment for readmission measures in previous blogs. In those blogs, we focused upon risk-adjustment, preventability and…

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MedPAC financing recommendations for rural hospitals should be extended to all

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

In the MedPAC October meeting, the commission returned to the seemingly intractable problem of equalizing access to health care…

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ICD-10: The road ahead

By Richard Averill, MS

After decades of development, endless regulatory hurdles and multiple delays, the implementation date for ICD-10 has arrived. If ICD-10 had…