The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is interested in developing a behavioral health payment model to improve healthcare quality and access, and lower the cost of care for Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program patients who have behavioral health conditions.
Areas with a higher concentration of primary care physicians have much lower spending per beneficiary, higher-quality care, better patient satisfaction, and lower mortality rates. Given this, many existing payment reform strategies prioritize primary care, and the success of these reforms will require a vibrant—and likely growing—primary care workforce.
A recent study confirms what home health care agencies know all too well: gaps in communication between physicians and home health care providers are detrimental to seniors’ health and lead to hospital readmissions.
FDA Unveils Precertification Pilot Program for Digital Health Technology, Maps out Upcoming Guidance
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) followed through on its promise to overhaul the agency’s approach to digital health, rolling out a new precertification pilot program designed to keep pace with health IT innovation. The FDA’s Software Pre-Cert Pilot Program, part of a broader Digital Health Innovation Action Plan released by the agency on Thursday, would soften the regulatory requirements for digital health companies with a track record of developing and testing quality products.