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Background Information on Payment Methodologies and Benefit Design

The Urban Institute has issued two new papers with background information on health care payment methodologies and the design of health care benefits packages. The first paper, Payment Methods: How They Work, describes nine payment methodologies: fee schedules primary care capitation per diem payments to hospitals for inpatient visits DRG-based payments to hospitals for inpatient visits global budgeting for hospitals bundled payments global capitation for organizations shared savings pay for performance The second paper, Benefit Designs: How They Work, explains seven different types of benefit designs: value-based design high-deductible health plans tiered networks narrow networks reference pricing centers of excellence benefit design [&hellip

Medicare Proposes New Way to Pay Docs

Clinicians would be paid based more on the quality of care they provide than on the quantity of services they deliver under a new Medicare quality reporting and payment proposal released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The proposal, required by Congress last year as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act that constituted the final “Medicare doc fix” and spelled the end of the sustainable growth rate formula that constrained Medicare payments to physicians for more than a decade, would be phased in over a period of years, would end so-called meaningful use [&hellip

Data-Sharing Could Help Address “High-Fliers”

A new study suggests that hospitals might better serve frequent emergency room patients if they share data with one another. According to a new report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, nearly 70 percent of “high-fliers” – patients known to make repeated visits to hospital ERs – visited more than one hospital ER in a study of patients who had more than five ER visits in Maryland in 2014. As a result, individual hospitals may not have a complete picture of such patients’ medical issues and the frequency with which they are turning to hospitals for care – a problem that [&hellip

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