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Managed Healthcare Executive: Four Ways Payers Can Advance Oncology Value-Based Pay

Key to making changes to cancer treatment is provider engagement, says Mah-Jabeen Soobader, PhD, chief analytics officer at Archway Health, which consults with providers, payers, and employers on value-based care programs.

She recommends tapping into physicians’ competitive nature and being transparent about the data associated with their performance when compared to other oncologists in their group or department. “Most times, they self-correct after looking at the data.”

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Healthcare Finance News: Unsure about Bundled Payments for Care Improvement model?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reporting high interest in the new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model that appears to be moving forward despite a request by the American Hospital Association to delay implementation citing a lack of operational detail, especially over target pricing.

CMS has held two information sessions on BPCI Advanced, the last one on Feb. 15. After the last session, CMS said it has received a high volume of inquiries on the model.

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Cardiovascular Business: Q&A: What do providers need to know about BPCI Advanced?

Since CMS announced its new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced Model on Jan. 9, healthcare providers have been trying to figure out whether the program is right for them.

On one hand, it gives health systems a chance to earn a 5 percent bonus through the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). On the other, if a system doesn't meet benchmarks for high-value care, it will face financial penalties.

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HealthLeader's Media: CMS Woos Providers With More Gains, Less Risk in Bundled Payments

A few days after CMS released the BPCI Advanced voluntary bundled payment model, industry sentiment remained positive. Our General Manager of BPCI Advanced, Keely Macmillan, talked to HealthLeader's Media about the enthusiasm surrounding the program. 

"Providers should be encouraged about the new BPCI Advanced program, as it provides more opportunities for upside revenue. CMS will now provide a limit to how much downside a provider can be responsible for by providing a 20% stop-loss of their total program size," she says. "Full target pricing details are still forthcoming from CMS, but we expect the new pricing model to be more inclusive.

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Healthcare Finance News: Providers pleased at most of what's in new voluntary bundled payment model

A few days after CMS released the BPCI Advanced voluntary bundled payment model, industry sentiment remained positive. Our General Manager of BPCI Advanced, Keely Macmillan, talked to Healthcare Finance News about the enthusiasm surrounding the program. 

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Skilled Nursing News: SNFs’ Place in New Bundled Payment Model Unclear

On January 9, 2018, CMS announced it's new voluntary BPCI Advanced bundled payment program. Yet, participation opportunities for SNF facilities were not clear. Our General Manager of BPCI Advanced, Keely Macmillan, told Skilled Nursing News, “For bundled payments to be successful, you need post-acute care engagement,” Macmillan said, pointing to the success that PAC providers have already seen in existing models. 

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Healthcare Dive: CMS launches new, voluntary bundled payment model

CMS released its new BPCI Advanced voluntary program on January 9, 2018. Our General Manager of BPCI Advanced shared our early thoughts on the new program with Healthcare Dive.  "There are still more details to come from CMS, but with open enrollment starting so soon, it’s now time for providers and organizations to prepare for participation," she said. 

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Morning Consult: Providers See CMS Continuing Value-Based Care Push Despite Project Rollbacks

Although CMS recently announced many changes to current mandatory bundled payment models, industry groups believe that the government will continue to shift the U.S. health care system away from fee-for-service care models and push it towards value-based care. Providers expect that the Trump administration will "take a more conservative approach to bundled payments, with a focus on voluntary participation and fewer regulations."  

Morning Consult interviewed Archway Health's GM of BPCI, Keely Macmillan, on her thoughts of the recent CMS announcements. She said CMS “wanted to clear the way for them to test more voluntary initiatives and that allowed them to have more flexibility in testing new innovations,” and “by pulling back those hospital mandatory programs, they can launch other physician-driven alternative payment models that are voluntary and more inclusive of a broader provider audience.”

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McKnight's: Skilled nursing facilities see opportunity as CMS finalizes cancellation of bundled pay models

Last week, Archway Health CEO, Dave Terry, and GM of BPCI, Keely Macmillan, were featured in an article by McKnight's discussing recent CMS announcements.

On November 30th, 2017 CMS confirmed the cancellation of mandatory bundled payment models for hip fractures and cardiac care, as well as modifications to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, “While CMS continues to believe that bundled payment models offer opportunities to improve quality and care coordination while lowering spending, we believe that focusing on developing different bundled payment models and engaging more providers is the best way to drive health system change while minimizing burden and maintaining access to care.” 

Archway's Keely Macmillan believes that the announcement is “great news for nursing home providers,” and that this, “really clears the way for SNFs to be engaged in these voluntary programs.” 

At Archway Health, we believe that the cancellations of mandatory models pave the way for voluntary success by giving engaged providers the opportunity to innovate around the best way to care for their patients across the full continuum of care.

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HealthLeaders: CMS Cut to Outpatient Drugs Will Hit Some 340B Hospitals Hard

Archway Health's General Manager of BPCI, Keely Macmillan, was recently featured in an article by Health Leaders discussing the federal government reducing medicare payment for outpatient drugs in CMS' 340B program. She says, "Right now, the hospitals make a big margin on these drugs they're purchasing and can use that money how they want," Macmillan says. "The intent of the program is commendable, to help safety net hospitals that care for our most vulnerable population, treating the uninsured and the most Medicare and Medicaid patients. The biggest failure of the 340B program has been a total lack of transparency and accountability on the dollars that flow through this program." 

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HealthExec: Q&A on CMMI's "New Direction"

Last week, Archway Health's CEO, Dave Terry, and GM of BPCI, Keely Macmillan, were interviewed by HealthExec on their predictions of where this 'new direction' will take CMMI. "I do think this new administration, whether they might have a different approach or just a different name, they do genuinely want to get rid of waste in the system and reduce unnecessary federal spending," Macmillan said.  "Regardless of who you are, I think the need to reduce excess spending by Medicare and redirect those funds is universally recognized." CEO Dave Terry correctly predicted that the new leadership would change the participation of the program from mandatory to voluntary, and he believes that this transition paves the way for voluntary success. Terry said, "What we saw with the mandatory models is not very high engagement from the participating hospitals and really watered-down rules to make it palatable. It just really didn’t move the needle on improvements. The voluntary ones, you see tremendous engagement from the physicians and providers, you see them moving the needle quickly and effectively, and that starts to change markets. You don’t need that many participants to wake up the competition and start moving towards improvement. We actually think the voluntary ones will change and shape markets faster than the watered-down mandatory ones."

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Skilled Nursing News: Skilled Nursing Providers Have Mixed Feelings on Bundled Payments

Archway Health CEO Dave Terry was recently quoted in Skilled Nursing News' article "Skilled Nursing Providers Have Mixed Feelings on Bundled Payments". The article discusses a recent survey conducted by Archway Health that examines how Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) both lower the cost of post acute care and enhance care quality. “Of folks who actually participated, [if you asked], have you seen improved quality and reduced costs, I think you’d see both,” Terry told Skilled Nursing News. “This is a pretty broad audience, who might be getting ready to participate.”

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