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Archive for October, 2017

Doubts About Value-Based Hospital Programs

October 16, 2017

Two recent studies raise doubts about Medicare programs aimed to improve hospital outcomes. One study evaluated voluntary participation in Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, which included 3 “value-based” reforms: meaningful EMR use, bundled care initiatives, and pioneer and shared saving accountable care organization programs. It reported lots of outcomes, and its...
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The High Costs of Hospitalists

October 9, 2017

Hospitalists, doctors who only see patients in the hospital, almost always in a shift work model, are the fastest growing “specialty” in medicine, from nothing about 15 years ago to about 50,000 today. There were some studies that I won’t review much here that showed some benefits from hospitalists compared to...
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