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    OIG: During first 3 years of MSSP, ACOs reduced spending and improved quality overall.
    A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) suggests that accountable care organizations (ACOs) may help reduce spending and improve quality. The agency analyzed spending […]

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    CMS increases transparency regarding patients tracked under Medicare Shared Savings ACOs.
    Modern Healthcare reports that the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to increase transparency regarding which patients are assessed as part of participation in Medicare accountable care or […]

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    AAOS, other healthcare groups, comment on QPP proposal.
    Earlier this week, healthcare advocacy groups sent comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a 2018 proposed rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Among other things, the proposed rule exempts more small providers from […]

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    Study: NSQUIP risk tool predicts SNF discharge but not other events.
    A study evaluating the Surgical Risk Tool Calculator, the online tool of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP), found that for total joint arthroplasty procedures, the tool is an adequate predict […]

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    CMS Changes, Cancels Bundled Payment Models; Inpatient Final Rule; and More

    For questions or concerns on these or other advocacy issues, contact the Office of Government Relations at dc@aaos.org.

     

    AAOS Commends CMS for Important Changes to Bundled Payment Models On August 15, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

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    Study finds sustained opioid use is not tied to hospital events, associated procedures.
    According to a study published online in JAMA Surgery, “most of the events that led to sustained prescription opioid use were not hospital events and associated procedures, but diagnoses that were either nonspecific or ass […]

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    Proposal would cut funding to ONC and AHRQ; increase FDA budget.
    Healthcare IT News reports that a proposal released by the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee would, if enacted, significantly reduce the budgets for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research a […]

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    CMS issues proposed rule to reduce mandatory participation in CJR; eliminate SHFFT.
    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to reduce the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model from 67 to 34, with […]

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    Study: How often are medical errors disclosed to patients?
    A study published online in the Journal of Patient Safety examines trends in disclosure and apology following medical errors. The researchers reviewed data on 434 medical liability claims from a private insurance database. They found that 4.6 percent (n = 2 […]