A contingency plan that went into effect during the three-day shutdown provided for CMS to keep operating certain ACA exchange activities, while not affecting Medicare in the short term. Other non-discretionary programs such as Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation activities also had continued and states were able fund their Medicaid programs through the second quarter.
In a new paper published in the journal Families, Systems and Health, a team from the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System reports the results of a national survey of more than 700 adults who said they helped at least one adult family member or friend manage a common chronic illness. The study finds that many of these "health supporters" wish they could understand their loved one's condition better, or get more involved in helping them navigate a long-term illness.
Well-organized primary health systems – which emphasize promotive, preventive, and chronic care, with general practitioners serving as the first point of contact – increase quality and reduce service fragmentation. Studies show that areas with more primary-care physicians have lower mortality and better health outcomes than those with fewer primary-care physicians.
As much as they dislike aspects of MIPS, two major physician groups disagree with a vote by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday to replace the Medicare payment system that’s been in place for just over a year. Both the Medical Group Management Association and the American Medical Association said they are not ready to abandon the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, the program track under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that covers most physicians.