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What We’re Reading | Week of 3.6.2017

Healthcare is a rapidly evolving industry – it’s difficult to read up on everything that matters to you. But the success of your practice can depend on how knowledgeable you are about changes in the healthcare landscape. Privia has compiled a weekly list of important articles we are reading on healthcare industry trends, clinical best practices and legislative updates for your convenience. Here are some of the important articles and blogs on health care that stood out this week:

Interesting clip: “The idea is to start the ball rolling in the direction of positive internal communication.  The rumor mill exists in most businesses, and it’s more prevalent in some since there is nothing else to talk about.  If you give people something positive to read about, they are more apt to exclude themselves from said rumor mill.  It also is providing a space of transparency, which is often lacking in a majority of companies”

Interesting clip: “By defining the direction it should take in its care delivery transformation, a health system can gain a basis for embarking on a gradual, phased approach to implementation. The organization should begin this effort by thoroughly assessing its readiness for population health initiatives, evaluating the following six organizational elements, in particular.”

Interesting clip: “The bill sets the stage for a bitter debate over the possible dismantling of the most significant health care law in a half-century. In its place would be a health law that would be far more oriented to the free market and would make far-reaching changes to a vast part of the American economy.”

Interesting clip: In a stalemate, Congress would likely need to delay repeal and, to reassure skittish insurers, focus on small-scale repairs, such as affirming that subsidies will continue to be funded, and either enforcing the existing mandate or revising it so that more young and healthy people sign on. (For instance, healthy people could be charged an extra ten per cent on premiums if they forgo insurance for a year, the same as the penalty for elderly people who refuse Medicare Part B.) In addition, the states that sat out the Medicaid expansion in order to thwart President Obama would be free to join in under a Republican Administration, as many would like to. “Insurance for everybody,” Trump has vowed. A Trumpcare compromise could yet bring us a step closer to it.

Interesting clip: “Eleven out of eighteen care management teams participating in a quality improvement program boosted their performance on targeted chronic disease outcomes by at least 20 percent after implementing the evidence-based patient care strategies, which leveraged health IT tools and risk stratification techniques.”

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