The Repeal of the Affordable Care Act – A Perspective The GOP controlled Congress is just weeks away from repealing the Affordable Care Act. The House followed the Senate late last week and passed legislation that puts the end of Obamacare in sight. What does this...

OBAMACARE REPEAL UPDATE: Growing Number of GOP Senators Don’t Want “Repeal and Delay” What’s significant about this growing group of GOP senators is that, if they want, they can thwart the immediate repeal of Obamacare. Republicans have 52 senators, so losing three or four of them would...

GOP To Move Quickly on Obamacare Repeal; Obama Plots Health Care Strategy on the Hill Tomorrow There were a number of significant developments impacting the future of Federal health policies over the holidays: This NY Times story lays out the GOP’s repeal timetable. Click here. President Obama is...

Go to the Wrong Hospital and You’re 3 Times More Likely to Die: Study In the first comprehensive study comparing how well individual hospitals treated a variety of medical conditions, researchers found that patients at the worst American hospitals were three times more likely to die...

115 Hospitals Named to Leapfrog’s Best in 2016 The Leapfrog Group named its Top Hospitals of the year last week, and 115 hospitals made the list in four categories: children’s hospitals, general hospitals, teaching hospitals and rural hospitals. The Leapfrog Group considers several quality metrics when...

Weekly E-bulletin 12/5/16 Consumer Reports Ranks Hospitals on Acquired Infections Consumer Reports states in a new analysis that several high-profile teaching hospitals are not doing enough to shield patients from certain bacterial infections. The organization investigated nearly 2,000 hospitals and ranked 31 hospitals as low performers...

What Will Donald Trump’s Election Mean to Healthcare? With Donald Trump’s upset victory, the Washington establishment is stunned. There are few places in federal policy that will be impacted as much, potentially, as health care. President-elect Trump said last week his top 3 priorities are immigration,...

Freestanding Emergency Department Growth Skyrockets: MedPAC There has been a rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments across the United States in the past eight years, according to a report last week from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).  From 2008 to 2016, there was a 97...

CMS Will Re-Open 2 Advanced APMs CMS announced last week that it will reopen applications for two of the advanced alternative payment models (APMs) for clinicians to enroll for the 2018 performance year – the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model and the Next Generation Accountable...

Healthgrades Releases Top Hospital List Based on Clinical Outcomes Healthgrades last week released its ratings report of top U.S. hospitals based on clinical outcomes. From 2013 through 2015, clinical and quality outcomes varied widely and if all hospitals had performed like those that rated 5 stars,...