Clinical and Economic Research

3M Health Information Systems

Topic

Patient Classification

3M Commentary

Mortality measures: Back from the dead….

By Richard Fuller, MS

Within the CMS proposed rule for FY2019 published at the end of April, there is a proposal to consolidate and…

3M Commentary

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…

3M Commentary

Introducing competition and price transparency into the Medicare payment system

By Richard Fuller, MS

Would an Amazon-like price shopping experience for individual healthcare services help control healthcare costs? Price transparency is frequently cited as…

3M Commentary

Can the health insurance exchanges be stabilized? Yes, by giving insurers more options

By Richard Fuller, MS

Medicare beneficiaries are constantly bombarded with mail, emails and advertisements from insurers encouraging them to buy a Medicare supplemental insurance…

3M Commentary

What should we be doing with composite measures? (And do we know one when we see one)

By Richard Fuller, MS

In June the GAO released a report examining the Medicare Hospital Value Based Purchasing (HVBP) payment initiative. This is not…

Journal Article

Evolution of the International Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (IR-DRGs) from Version 1.0 to Version 3.2

Published by AHIMA World Congress, September 2017,  by Marc Berlinguet, MD; Sue Boucher; and JulieAnne Perry. The IR DRGs…

3M Commentary

Pay for better risk-adjusted outcomes and let’s cut down on waste

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

While Congress is finding it difficult to reach consensus on how to improve health care in the United States, the…

Journal Article

Healthcare Payment System Reform: Improving Care and Reducing Costs By Focusing on Quality Outcomes

A review of healthcare payment system reform, both at the federal and state level.…

Report

Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy (March 2017)

Published by Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) The goal of Medicare payment policy is to get good value for the…

3M Commentary

A national quality strategy relentlessly pursuing improvement of eight outcomes: Is now the time?

By Norbert Goldfield, MD, Richard Fuller, MS

Everyone, except for the measurement industry, seems to agree that we have too many metrics1 for measuring performance. An increasing…

3M Commentary

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,…

3M Commentary

Tackling health care’s ever-decreasing competition

By Richard Fuller, MS, Norbert Goldfield, MD

In a recent perspective piece in JAMA Forum, Dr. Ashish Jha of the Harvard School of Public Health argues…