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CMS Embraces Innovation and Competition

Steve Wiggins with Nick Bluhm and Ryan Pardo

September 20, 2017

Today, Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, published a Request for Information seeking feedback on how to lead CMS’s Innovation Center in a new direction. Her statements reflect a belief in competition, consumer empowerment and a willingness to use waivers to enable meaningful innovation.

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Remedy in the News

Remedy continues to be a strong advocate for the BPCI program and using bundled payment models as a path to healthcare transformation.>

CMS proposes changes to CJR: 6 key thoughts on what this means for orthopedic bundled payments
Becker's Spine Review | August 18, 2017

Is HHS’ Proposal to Scale Back Mandatory Bundled Payments a Step Back from Value-Based Care? Many Healthcare Experts Say No
Healthcare Informatics | August 18, 2017

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Chris Garcia Named CEO of Remedy Partners

Remedy Partners, the nation’s leading bundled payment company, has named Chris Garcia its chief executive officer, effective July 12, 2017. Remedy is well-positioned for accelerated growth as the healthcare industry continues to adopt bundled payments as a core value-based payment strategy.

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Readmission, BPCI, Value Based Care, Readmmission Rates, machine learning

Remedy Adds a New Readmission Risk Predictor to Episode Connect

Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions has been a focus of value-based care. The New England Journal of Medicine found that from 2007 to 2015, risk-adjusted rates of readmission for targeted conditions declined from 21.5% to 17.8%. Given that readmission are stressful for patients and adds significant cost to the healthcare system, providers have been looking for tools that identify when to intervene to attempt to prevent an unnecessary readmission.

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Remedy Partners, Value Based Care

A Blueprint for Success in Value-based Care

Remedy Partners latest results show $500 million reduced cost of care and lowered rates of hospital readmission and SNF days

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Care Redesign, Total Joint Replacement, Win Whitcomb, Value Based Care, JAMA Internal Medicine, Bundled Payments, Lower Extremity Joint, TJR, Medicare

Bundled Payments are Not Associated with an Increase in Elective Procedures

Two recent studies demonstrate that the number of elective procedures does not vary significantly in bundled payment programs when compared to controls. Wilson, de Brantes and Conway analyzed1 the Medicare Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative to determine if the volume of Lower Joint Replacement (LJR) procedures increased under the model.  Their analysis was in response to an editorial3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association that raised questions about elective procedure volume and bundled payments in an accompanying JAMA study.2

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Patient Care, Care Redesign, Win Whitcomb, Value Based Care, Care Transitions

Transitional Care Institute Hosts Webinar on Next Site of Care

The Transitional Care Institute recently hosted our first webinar of 2017, ‘High Value Care Transitions: Key Concepts in Optimizing Next Site of Care.’ In it, Chief Medical Officer Win Whitcomb and Clinical Director Susana Hall gave a comprehensive look at NSOC selection using case studies, performance data, and improvement strategies.

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Hospitalist, BPCI, Value Based Care

Remedy’s Chief Medical Officer Speaks on Value-Based Healthcare at the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting

Win Whitcomb, MD, MHM, Remedy’s Chief Medical Officer was invited to speak at the American College of Physicians (ACP) Annual Meeting, the nation’s largest annual gathering of internal medicine doctors, including a dedicated track for hospitalists. More than 6,000 internal medicine physicians, subspecialists, medical students, and allied health professionals from around the world are attending the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, held this year in Washington, D.C. from May 5 - 7.

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Remedy Partners, Society of Hospitalist Medicine, Hospitalist, SHM 2016, Win Whitcomb, Value Based Care, Bundled Payments, SHM, Value Based Healthcare

Hospitalists Lead the Move to Physicians in Alternative Payment Models

The Society of Hospital Medicine recognizes 2016 as the Year of the Hospitalist, commemorating 20 years since the term hospitalist was coined and the Society of Hospital Medicine was formed. Bob Wachter and Lee Goldman sparked the latent hospitalist movement with an article titled ‘The emerging role of ‘hospitalists’ in the American Healthcare System’ in an August 1996 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Several weeks later, John Nelson and I, both practicing hospitalists, formed the Society of Hospital Medicine (then incorporated in 1997). 

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Care Redesign, BPCI, SNF, Value Based Care, SNF Performance Network, Preferred Provider, SNF Network, Bundled Payments, Value Based Healthcare, Episodes of Care

Narrow SNF Networks and Increased Collaboration: The Remedy Approach

Why CMS is Focusing on Post Acute Care

Healthcare is increasingly transitioning to value based payment models in an effort to control spending and improve quality. In 2014, the amount spent on healthcare in the U.S. per individual reached $9,523—more than twice the average of all other developed countries—and is projected to reach $14,103 by 2021 if unchecked. Total healthcare spending represents almost 18% of GDP, and is expected to grow to 20% in the next five years. Furthermore, Medicare alone represented 20% of National Healthcare Expenditures
in 2013, and is expected to increase significantly after 2015 due to growing utilization of medications and services by an aging population.

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Remedy Partners, Value Based Care, CJR, Bundled Payments, Value Based Healthcare, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement

The 6 Steps to CJR Success

To be successful in this program, you will need to optimize your day-to-day workflow, ensuring that your patients receive better care at a lower cost. We at Remedy Partners believe that there are 6 Steps to Success.

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