Medicare beneficiaries are spending fewer per-capita days in skilled nursing facilities since 2009, according to a new analysis released Thursday.
Data analytics company Inovalon will buy Avalere Health Inc., a healthcare consulting firm, for $140 million.
Nancy McGee has been named the executive vice president at the Avalere Health life sciences business unit.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program is well underway with hundreds of providers already in the risk-bearing phase and thousands more in the midst of finalizing their risk-bearing program participation decisions.
Hear from Avalere experts on navigating BPCI milestones in 2015.
Participation in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program is staggering, enhancing the strategic importance of bundled payment activity in your market to your overall strategy and market positioning discussions.
The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program is now down to 19 programs, out of an original 32, worrying those who have pushed for skilled nursing facilities to embrace the concept.
As value-based payment and delivery models take hold in Medicare, providers must shift their focus from managing stays to managing episodes of care. Experts from Avalere Health leading a McKnight's Sept. 23 free webinar will delve into how key episode-level data can help long-term care managers form strategies for participating in new models and networks.
For skilled nursing facilities it's a struggle to stay ahead of the Medicare initiatives and market forces that are causing hospitals and health systems to narrow their post-acute care networks. With so many competing priorities — the alphabet soup of BPCI, ACOs, VBP, etc. — it can be hard to stay ahead of all the changes.
Variation and growth in post-acute care spending has earned PAC a spot on hospital and health systems' priority list for cost-saving opportunities. The success of new care delivery models — particularly hospital-driven bundles and accountable care organizations — also is dependent on reduced utilization and episodic cost management in non-hospital settings.
For skilled nursing facilities, the Medicare SNF 3-day rule can make it difficult to place the right patients in the right setting at the right time. The 3-day rule requires that a Medicare beneficiary spend three nights in a hospital as an inpatient — observation stays do not count — before becoming eligible for Medicare-covered SNF care. This rule creates a challenge for SNFs as hospital lengths of stay decline for many of the conditions that SNFs treat.
Avalere Health will expand internationally through a partnership with Pope Woodhead & Associates, a European-based consulting firm. The latter's specialties include regulatory strategy, pricing and market access solutions for entering into the European market.
A June McKnight's webinar will focus on understanding the Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Measure and give tools for better conversations with hospitals or PAC providers.
Avalere Health has appointed Joshua Seidman, Ph.D., to lead its new Center for Health Delivery & Payment Innovation.
CMS recently finalized Medicare Advantage plan payment rates for Calendar Year 2015 and announced other changes to payment and program policies for MA and Part D plans. Although the announcement included some positive changes for plans, the overall impact is mostly negative.
Brian Fuller began as a director at Avalere Health in early March.
Learn the basics of the bundled payment program offered by CMS in a webinar featuring expert Ellen Lukens.
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.
Speakers from Avalere Health will demonstrate how post-acute care providers can reduce costs and improve quality.
There will be fewer Medicare Advantage plans in 2014, according to a new analysis. The number of plans will drop to 2,522, which is around a 5% decrease, according to Avalere Health. Medicare Advantage can cover skilled nursing stays, and enrollment was up in 2012.
Avalere Health LLC has appointed Carrie William Bullock to its reimbursement and product commercialization services practice. Her new role will have Bullock addressing strategic and tactical issues throughout the lifecycle of medical technologies with a specific focus on diagnostics, devices, and drugs and biologics.
Matthew D. Eyles has joined Avalere Health as executive vice president.
Matthew D. Eyles has joined Avalere Health as executive vice president. He arrives from Coventry Healthcare.
Post-acute care providers should be considering creative joint ventures with hospitals to best take advantage of evolving healthcare delivery and payment systems, healthcare finance and legal experts said Wednesday in an Avalere Health webcast.
In a nutshell, troubled long-term care operators seem to be encountering this scenario with managed care companies: initial romance, followed by heightened accountability and reduced payments.
Skilled nursing facilities in the most populous states will be the hardest hit if Congress enacts the 2% across-the-board cut in Medicare payments to providers, two new analyses predict.
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.
Many states are considering their options in the wake of a seemingly favorable Supreme Court ruling. The nation's highest court ruled that Congress exceeded its reach when it threatened states with a total Medicaid funding cutoff if they failed to participate in an expanded Medicaid program.
Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.
Lawmakers should weigh costs associated with dementia when coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries, analysis suggestsMay 17, 2012
As policymakers seek to integrate care for dual eligibles, they need to consider the cost of treating beneficiaries with dementia, new data suggests.