This Viewpoint discusses the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Accountable Health Communities project to test the role of community integrators—organizations within a community that can represent its needs and engage stakeholders to work toward improvements in health—as a possible mechanism to decrease life expectancy disparities across the United States.
This population epidemiology study uses Medicare administrative data to describe national trends in performance and outcomes of carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting from 1999 to 2014 among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older.
This Viewpoint calls for truthful, timely, and transparent public reports on quality measures and suggests that such reports be linked to those developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the LeapFrog Group.
This Viewpoint argues that Medicare coverage should be expanded to include dental, vision, and hearing services, and discusses ways to structure the benefit.
This cross-sectional study assesses whether physician practices serving more socially high-risk and medically high-risk patients are associated with performance in the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program.
This cohort study examines whether reductions in hospital readmission rates following hospitalizations for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia are associated with mortality rates after hospital discharge among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.
This study uses Medicare claims data to describe the use of annual wellness visits among Medicare beneficiaries in the United States from 2011 through 2014.
This study uses national Medicare data to compare 30-day mortality among patients hospitalized or undergoing surgical procedures in teaching vs nonteaching hospitals between 2012 and 2014.
This study uses CMS Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating data to estimate associations between hospital characteristics, number and types of measures reported, and the CMS Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
This study compares trends in Medicare payment adjustments to safety-net vs non–safety-net hospitals under Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) and Value-Based Purchasing programs, intended to incentivize higher-quality health care.
This study uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to understand the extent and variation of physician excess charges by specialty and geographic region.
This cohort study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries compares trends in readmission rates for target and nontarget conditions among hospitals penalized vs not penalized under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.
In this Viewpoint, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Andrew Slavitt discuss their agencies’ collaborations to develop standards and systems to increase the likelihood that medical products approved by the FDA are approved for coverage and payment by CMS.
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