Fee For Service
Medicare spending slowed to a 4.5% growth rate in 2015, even as payments for nursing homes increased, according to a new analysis.
Far more than half of the $360 billion in Medicare payments made just two years ago were based on traditional fee-for-service models without regard to quality or value, according to an independent report released Tuesday.
The seeds that have flowered into the burgeoning of ACOs - groups of providers accepting the responsibility, and risk, for caring for the health of a designated patient population according to defined quality benchmarks (CMS measures quality of care using 33 measures in four key domains) - was planted long ago, in the baby boom.
If new payment reform initiatives sowed the seeds of small disruptions in 2013 -- narrowing referral networks and prompting clinical integration, those seeds will start sprouting bigger disruption across multiple markets in 2014. This year ACOs will proliferate and will include SNFs in a real way. Bundled payment experiments will be beginning all over the country.
Dual eligibles in an Arizona integrated coordinated care plan had a 21% lower hospital readmission rate than their counterparts in Medicare fee-for-service programs, a new analysis reveals.