How should we define quality care? February 11, 2017 By Henry Anhalt DO Quality means different things to different people, especially as it pertains to healthcare Can patient satisfaction and quality care coexist? January 23, 2017 By Milly Dawson The connection between high levels of patient satisfaction and the highest levels of quality care has not been proven. Patients may explicitly request tests, referrals and medication that they do not need and that will not help them or be cost effective, and be disappointed if they don’t get them. Top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2017 For the fourth consecutive year, Medical Economics reveals its list of obstacles physicians will face in the coming year and, more importantly, how to overcome them. ACOs support programs that increase value in pediatrics December 18, 2016 By Tracey Walker Study: ACOs can be part of the structure to improve outcomes in children with medical complexity. Payer-provider partnership drives value: Execs share lessons learned December 15, 2016 By Tracey Walker Humana and Oak Street Health share the challenges and opportunities of moving away from the fee-for-service model to value-based care. Top problems with EHRs and emerging risks jeopardize care quality December 05, 2016 By Bryant Furlow An ASH presenter describes how better health IT and better institutional practices are necessary to leverage EHRs for quality of care. One insurer proves that value-based reimbursement works in practice November 18, 2016 By Tracey Walker Humana’s value-based reimbursement model with physicians has helped to improve care quality and health outcomes for its Medicare Advantage (MA) program members. Top 10 states with the highest hospital safety scores October 31, 2016 By Aubrey Westgate The Leapfrog Group recently released its latest hospital safety grades, and they indicate some interesting trends on a state-by-state basis. Top 5 skills for an ACO liaison As ACOs continue to grow in the healthcare sector, it is imperative that a liaison is in place to act as an intermediary between ACO members and patients to help achieve desired outcomes. Watercooler wisdom: Patient satisfaction My clinic is restructuring its physician compensation model, which has led to much consternation among my colleagues.