- Map: The 2,800 hospitals facing VBP penalties (or bonuses) in 2019. CMS says more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals will receive bonus payments in fiscal year 2019 under Medicare's Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Advisory Board's Eric Fontana and Cameron Ferrey explain three key takeaways from this year's results.
- Clinicians less confident about value-based care than health care executives, survey finds. Clinicians have more doubts than health care executives about the viability and benefits of value-based care, according to a survey in NEJM Catalyst. The survey found 55% of health care executives thought value-based care would substantially boost care quality, compared with just 38% of clinicians. Moreover, while 50% of health care executives thought value-based care would significantly curb care costs, only 36% of clinicians said they felt the same. The survey also found that just 37% of clinicians said they believe value-based reimbursement will eventually become the primary revenue payment model in the United States, compared with 51% of health care executives.
- Study: Ambulances take longer to respond to 911 calls in low-income areas. Individuals in low-income areas who call 911 to get emergency care for cardiac arrest may have to wait 10% longer than those who call from high-income areas, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open. For the study, researchers assessed 2014 data from the National Emergency Medical Services Information System on 63,600 911 calls made by individuals who were taken to the hospital for cardiac arrest treatment. According to the researchers, zip codes with the highest incomes had an average total emergency medical service (EMS) time of 37.5 minutes, compared with 43 minutes in zip codes in the lowest income bracket. In addition, ambulances were more likely to meet national benchmarks that recommend responding to cardiac arrest 911 calls within four, eight, and 15 minutes in high-income areas than in low-income areas.
From Advisory Board:
- Cancer care reimbursement in 2019, explained. Join us on Tuesday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn about changes in the 2019 HOPPS and MPFS Medicare rules impacting payment for cancer services in the hospital-based and freestanding settings.
- Part 1: How health systems can achieve true financial sustainability. Join us Thursday, December 13, at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn about what's driving margin compression, and to understand how health system should define their cost control ambitions.
- What you need to know about imaging CDS in 2019. Join us on Thursday, December 13, at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn the latest on imaging clinical decision support (CDS). This session analyzes the Medicare requirements, as well as provides strategies to get the most of your CDS tool.