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3 mandatory bundles will likely be canceled, a 4th scaled back: What you need to know

August 16, 2017

On Tuesday afternoon, CMS issued a proposed rule that would cancel three mandatory bundled payment programs, significantly roll back a fourth, and cancel a cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. We asked three Advisory Board experts for their key takeaways.

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Warner Thomas built a $3B health system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Here's how.

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner August 9, 2017

Welcome to the "Lessons from the C-suite" series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen's conversations with the most influential leaders in health care.

In this edition, Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health System, talks to Eric about rebuilding a stronger health system after Hurricane Katrina, managing "hypertrophic growth" by focusing on the patient, and the most rewarding part of being a leader.

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What our thought leaders were thinking about in July

By Rob Barras, Jim Lazarus, and John Deane August 1, 2017

We keep tabs on every zig and zag of the constantly changing health care environment, but there are some insights you just shouldn’t miss. Each month, we ask our national partners to share their favorites across some of health care's most pressing issues: health system growth, care variation reduction, and revenue cycle management. Subscribe to At the Helm to make sure you don't miss a post.

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Our 4 biggest takeaways from the revised Senate bill

Chas Roades July 14, 2017

Chas Roades

On Thursday, July 13, Senate GOP leaders released a revised version of their potential health care reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017.

Although multiple factions within the GOP pressured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) to make substantial changes to the bill, the revised version largely retains the BCRA's original framework. An updated CBO score, with revised estimates of the bill's implications for insurance coverage and affordability, is expected early next week and will help set the stage for continued debate.

In the meantime, here are our top four takeaways on the updated bill and its implications for providers:

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5 experts weigh in on what the new MACRA proposal means for you

June 29, 2017

In the week since CMS released its proposed rule to implement MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP), our experts have analyzed the 1,000+ pages. They plan to share key insights and action items their upcoming webconference on Tuesday, July 11 at 3 p.m. ET. (Register now to secure your spot).

Here's a sneak peek of their reactions to the rule:

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The Senate's health care bill just dropped. Here's what you need to know.

Chas Roades June 22, 2017

Chas Roades

The biggest surprise in the health care bill released by Senate Republicans may be just how similar it is to what the House passed last month.

To be sure, there are several important differences between the Senate bill—called the Better Care Reconciliation Act—and the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA):

 

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10 takeaways on the MACRA proposed rule

June 21, 2017

Dennis Weaver

CMS on June 20 released its 2018 proposed rule to implement MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP).

The agency is accepting comments on the proposal through August 21, and we expect a final rule to be released in the fall.

We've analyzed the 1,058-page proposal, and will have more key insights and action items to share in our upcoming webconference on July 11 at 3 p.m. ET. (Register now to secure your spot).

Here are 10 early takeaways:

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Building the 'Tesla' of health systems: Where Marc Harrison plans to take Intermountain next

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner June 6, 2017

Welcome to the "Lessons from the C-suite" series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen's conversations with the most influential leaders in health care.

In this edition, Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, talks to Eric about crafting a cohesive team with employees from 71 countries, taking Intermountain from a "horseless carriage" to a Tesla, and leading as a physician—and as a patient.

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