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NTOCC Updates from HHS and Senate HELP Committee

Posted on 1/30/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued their draft nationwide health IT interoperability roadmap titled: Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0. This draft was referenced by Kelly Cronin at the National Transitions of Care Summit this past December. Today’s release is a continuation of the commitment to building a more robust health IT structure as part of a Department-wide effort to achieve better care, smarter spending, and improve health outcomes by improving our health care delivery system.

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HHS Announces Dramatic Move Away from Traditional Fee-For-Service Medicare Payments

Posted on 1/27/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

HHS announced yesterday that they are moving towards an alternative payment model for Medicare payments. In the new model, HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as ACOs or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016. By the end of 2018, the goal is to tie 50 percent of payments to those models. In order to achieve these goals, Secretary Burwell also announced the creation of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, in which HHS will work with private payers, employers, consumers, providers, states and state Medicaid programs, and other partners to expand alternative payment models into their programs. The Network will hold its first meeting in March of this year.

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Kaiser Health News Article Focuses on Early 2014 Evaluation of the Community-based Care Transition Program (CCTP)

Posted on 1/21/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Kaiser Health News recently reported on a Health and Human Services (HHS) and Econometrica evaluation dated May 30, 2014, that found only a small minority of community groups enrolled in the Community-based Care Transition Program (CCTP) produced significant results, compared with those from sites that weren’t part of the program. The evaluation also found that, of the 48 groups studied, only four significantly cut readmissions compared with those of a control group.

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