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February 2018
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CMS proposes coverage change for MRI with implanted cardiac devices

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on January 11 issued a proposal to modify its national coverage determination for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to include patients who have implanted cardiac devices. Proposed changes include the expansion of coverage for patients with cardiac devices that are approved or…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2018
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FDA delays UDI compliance dates for class I, unclassified devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 12 announced a delay in enforcement of unique device identification (UDI) requirements for class I and unclassified devices until September 24, 2020. The FDA also will not enforce direct mark requirements for these devices until September 24, 2022. The guidance…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2018
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CMS announces new voluntary bundled payment model

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 9 announced a new voluntary bundled payment model called, “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced” (BPCI Advanced). Participants in BPCI Advanced will receive payments for performance on 32 (29 inpatient, 3 outpatient) different clinical episodes. The first cohort…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2018
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Growth predicted for minimally invasive spine surgery market

Editor's Note A Healthcare Market Reports analysis predicts the minimally invasive spine surgery market will see a compound annual growth rate of 7.57% through 2020, the January 4 Becker’s Spine Review reports. The increasing incidence of spinal disorders is boosting the market, and a key market trend is the minimally…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2018
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Research report predicts growth for arthroscopic devices market

Editor's Note A Persistence Market Research report predicts the global arthroscopic devices market will exceed $1.7 billion by 2022, with a 5.1% compound annual growth rate, according to the January 3 Becker’s Spine Review. A rising demand for minimally invasive procedures and an increasing geriatric population are the main contributors…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2018
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The Silent Partner in OR Management: Use Strategic Marketing to Enhance Surgical Business

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Explore primary care referral patterns to align with surgeons. 2. Describe tools and resources available in your hospital to measure and monitor relationship management. 3. Develop your own low- and no-cost tools to help measure and monitor relationship management. Why this is…

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CMS launches new data submission system for Quality Payment Program

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on January 2 that physicians and other eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program can begin submitting their 2017 performance data using a new system on the Quality Payment Program website (qpp.cms.gov). The new system is an improvement…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2018
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CMS updates Hospital Compare site

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced December 21 that it updated data on its Hospital Compare website and will update the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating using a new methodology that will give more hospitals one or five stars. CMS had postponed the release of…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 2, 2018
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Editorial

Efforts in 2017 to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were largely unsuccessful, but a tax reform bill that includes a provision to abolish the ACA’s individual insurance mandate seems likely to pass. As a result, 13 million fewer Americans will be insured by 2027, and premiums will go up…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 14, 2017
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Where are you on the value-based care continuum?

Healthcare providers are straddling a variety of payment models while many regulatory changes remain in flux under the Trump Administration. Although the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment began some years ago, not everyone is on board. Opinions about bundled payments also remain mixed, despite reports of improved outcomes and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 14, 2017
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Robotics: Building a winning business case

Robotic-assisted surgery offers many potential advantages, including shorter operative time, less morbidity, and faster patient recovery. But rigorous comparisons with traditional surgical methods and cost-effectiveness analyses are still limited, and the price tag of the robot (in the neighborhood of $1 million) and annual maintenance contract (roughly $150,000) may give…

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By: Susan London
December 14, 2017
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New Manager Bootcamp: Understanding Key Business Concepts in Your Transition to the Manager Seat

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Identify strategies to keep productivity on target. 2. Discuss actions to successfully manage the capital budget. 3. Describe details that need to be included when making a business case. Why this is important: You’re not in Kansas anymore! As new managers, your…

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