Despite improving patient access to care, retail health clinics raise a lot of questions about care quality. Concerns abound about patients inappropriately accessing chronic care management services in retail spaces and whether those patients are ultimately sent to their primary care providers.
There was a lot for physicians to like in a proposed rule issued this week for 2020 Medicare payment rates and changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Physician groups were happy the government pulled back on once-controversial changes to evaluation and management (E/M) services, but one group said proposed changes to MIPS will not push practices to transition to value-based care.
CMS has finalized some proposed changes to the hospital wage index but is heeding some concerns from national groups like the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals that facilities in urban areas would be unfairly dinged in the original plan.
It’s no secret that home-based care providers are struggling when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. In 2018, turnover in the home care industry hit an all-time high of 82%, while home health saw an average turnover rate of about 21.23%.