health change bulletin
Health Change Bulletin                                                                      September 22, 2016

Trends in Provider Sponsored Health Plans

  Sponsor Message
"We're seeing premiums rising at historically slow rates, which helps workers and employers alike, but it's made possible in part by the more rapid rise in the deductibles workers must pay." Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO

  Researchers used data from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website to analyze the readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia at safety-net hospitals. In the first three years of the program, these hospitals reduced readmissions for heart attack by 2.86 percentage points, heart failure by 2.78 percentage points, and pneumonia by 1.77 percentage points, and they also reduced the disparity between their readmission rates and those of other hospitals.

Source: Health Affairs

CMS' voluntary bundled payments program offers mixed results
Modern Healthcare, September 19, 2016

Mylan CEO defends EpiPen cost to angry lawmakers
Modern Healthcare, September 21, 2016

Value-based care becoming entrenched in healthcare
HealthData Management, September 21, 2016

CDC makes final ruling for healthcare facility emergency preparedness
Circle Ville Herald, September 20, 2016

Premier Inc. releases recommendations to improve healthcare policy
DotMed, September 19, 2016

Physicians are Frustrated with the Affordable Care Act
Diagnostic Imaging, September 19, 2016

CMS' voluntary bundled-payments program delivers mixed results
Modern Healthcare, September 19, 2016

Why Healthcare is a ‘Sitting Duck’ in Data Protection Measures
Health IT Security, September 19, 2016

Retirement Looks Good About Now
Huffington Post, September 20, 2016

Was ObamaCare designed to fail?
The Hill, September 19, 2016

    5 Forces Reshaping US Healthcare
Becker's Hospital Review,, September 22, 2016
HealthshareTV video
ACA Best Practices: Why You Can’t Take a Vacation From ACA Compliance
  Value-Based Care at UCLA Health

This video describes what ValU means to patients, families, healthcare providers, administrators, and staff at UCLA Health.

Check out HealthshareTV, the home for health care videos
Healthsprocket List 
4 Points to Keep in Mind on the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule for ASCs

1. The final rule exempts ASCs from providing information about occupancy. Hospitals will continue to report on inpatient occupancy.
2. ASCs are required to create a process to cooperate with local, regional, state and federal efforts for emergency preparedness in their community.
3. Continue reading here

Source: Becker's ASC
  Follow Health Policy Publishing:   Readmissions News LinkedIn Group    mcol on twitter  
Health Change Bulletin, a publication of Health Policy Publishing LLC
1101 Standiford Avenue, Suite C-3, Modesto, CA 95350
(v) 209.577.4888 | (f) 209.577.3557 | (e)
© 2016, Health Policy Publishing LLC