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MiraMed’s eAlerts are distributed via email every Wednesday, and contains the latest industry information regarding business process outsourcing solutions, helpful coding news, or any number of relevant topics in the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of healthcare. To subscribe, simply complete the form below. Below the subscription form, you will find the archived eAlerts available.

CMS Delays Bundled Payment Programs

March 29, 2017

As noted in our eAlert issued March 16, 2016, bundled payments have long been a part of the healthcare reform debate as a strategy for reducing healthcare costs, but while there has been significant discussion and research relating to alternative payment methods, most healthcare spending is still based on a fee-for-service framework.  Despite recent efforts to measure and provide financial incentives for quality, this system rewards volume, rather than value, for the most part, creating a system where patients and families struggle to navigate across fragmented care silos, and providers must work to maximize utilization to survive.

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An Overview of the American Health Care Act

March 22, 2017

The House proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the landmark and controversial legislation that is a signature of President Barack Obama’s administration, indicates that the nation’s healthcare system could be heading for yet another upheaval.  March 21, 2017 marked the seventh anniversary of the ACA.  Although there is still a high degree of uncertainty regarding what the final repeal-and-replace legislation will look like, or when it will appear, any changes to the ACA will have important implications for hospitals, health systems, healthcare professionals and patients.

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Growing Medical Debt Requires New Collection Approaches

March 15, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and new payment models such as high deductible health plans are contributing to a growth in patient liability.  This emerging trend has put pressure on providers to collect more from patients while better managing their financial relationship.

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11 Building Blocks of a Solid Safety Culture

March 8, 2017

The fact that 125,000 fewer patients died due to hospital-acquired conditions in 2010-2015, resulting in a cost savings of more than $28 billion, shows healthcare’s capacity to make strides in improving safety.  But despite encouraging results like these, hospitals and health systems still face a daunting array of hurdles, ranging from the growth of antibiotic resistance to new diseases and outbreaks to sepsis prevention.

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ACOs: Who Will Lead the Way?

March 1, 2017

We are in the midst of a period that economists call “creative destruction” of our fragmented fee-for-service healthcare delivery system.  The hope is that it will evolve into a higher-quality, more productive system with strong incentives for efficient, coordinated care.  In any case, the transformation will have profound implications regarding hospitals’ ability to maintain their dominant role in the healthcare system.

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