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    Richmond, VA 23219

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News Item - 03/27/2015
Health Information Exchanges Show Little Evidence of Benefits
Though health information exchanges are supposed to improve the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care, there is little evidence of these benefits in existing HIE studies.

That is the conclusion of a research paper, published in this month’s issue of the journal Health Affairs, in which researchers reviewed 27 studies looking for evidence that HIEs increased efficiency, reduced healthcare costs or improved outcomes.

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News Item - 03/26/2015
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News Item - 03/26/2015
OIG: Unimplemented CMS Recommendations Cost Taxpayers Billions
Suggested actions would likely improve quality and patient safety, program integrity, financial and grants management, and contractor management, the OIG report says.

The failure of federal agencies to implement 25 sets of "significant" recommendations from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has cost U.S. taxpayers and beneficiaries some $24 billion, says an OIG report released last week.

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News Item - 03/25/2015
Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests
Study found 97 percent said they had patients undergo procedures that weren't medically needed Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report.

Of 435 ER physicians who completed the survey, 97 percent admitted to ordering some advanced imaging scans that weren't medically necessary, the findings showed.

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News Item - 03/25/2015
Medicare overpays dedicated cancer centers, GAO finds
Certain cancer hospitals get significantly higher payments from Medicare in part because it's assumed they care for sicker populations. A federal report suggests that's not generally the case.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has recently expressed concern (PDF) that the 11 dedicated cancer centers exempt from the prospective payment system have little incentive to be cost-efficient and that the reimbursement arrangement may not be warranted because their patient populations aren't much sicker than regularly paid facilities.

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News Item - 01/26/2015
HHS seeks to have 85 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments in value-based purchasing categories 2 through 4 by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018
Improving the quality and affordability of care for all Americans has always been a pillar of the Affordable Care Act, alongside expanding access to such care. The law gives us the opportunity to shape the way health care is delivered to patients and to improve the quality of care system-wide while helping to reduce the growth of health care costs.

When it comes to improving the way providers are paid, we want to reward value and care coordination – rather than volume and care duplication.  In partnership with the private sector, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is testing and expanding new health care payment models that can improve health care quality and reduce its cost.

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