What makes a high-risk patient, and how do we care for them? April 22, 2017 By Henry Anhalt DO With the paradigm shift to value-based care, physicians, health plans and policy makers are all striving for a crucial goal—achieving better outcomes at lower costs Do quality measures disillusion young doctors? April 15, 2017 By Lori Rousche MD If patients are going to hurt the practice’s financial bottom line by causing adverse scores, are they patients we want to continue to serve? How quality measures can decrease cesareans Can adopting quality measures decrease the cesarean rate? Plus: The Government Accountability Office issues a report on power morcellators and the FDA's system of evaluation. Also, does the volume of one type of heart fat indicate the risk of heart disease? GOP Doctors Caucus: We’ll fix MACRA if CMS won’t October 27, 2016 By Joseph Burns As they analyze the 2,398-page final rule revamping Medicare reimbursement, Republican physician lawmakers say they will, if needed, intervene to improve the regulations for the nation’s physicians. 6 things doctors need to know about MACRA final rule October 14, 2016 By Todd Shryock The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) October 14. Here’s what physicians need to know. Better quality will equal better pay for physicians Tying doctor's pay to the quality of the care rendered is called “incentive alignment,” and it is critical to achieving value and to properly balance healthcare’s cost, quality and access. MACRA author calls for delay in reporting requirements July 19, 2016 By Jeff Bendix Physicians won’t have to start reporting quality under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) until next July at the earliest, if the law’s co-author has his way. Top challenges in measuring cancer care quality June 06, 2016 By Bryant Furlow Determining what to measure, and how best to measure it, can be surprisingly complex—and appropriate metrics can vary between cancer types and patient populations. Healthcare quality, cost expert shares critical advice June 01, 2016 By Aubrey Westgate A discussion with Thomas H. Lee, MD, chief medical officer, Press Ganey Opinion: 6 ways to modernize federal health data policy May 15, 2016 By Joel White Creating a national data policy framework for empowered consumer choices.