Taking the hassle out of wellness: Do peers and health matter?

from International Journal of Health Economics and Management at http://bit.ly/2wmcUzU on August 31, 2017 at 11:00PM Abstract Despite substantial financial incentives provided by the Affordable Care Act and employers, employee enrollment in wellness programs is low. This paper studies enrollment in a wellness program offered along an employer-provided health insurance plan. Two factors are considered […]

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Alternative Payment Models

from Brookings: Topics – Health at http://brook.gs/2vIVg6u on August 31, 2017 at 07:14PM The current focus on improving Medicare physician payment through a variety of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) is widely perceived as a major shift away from fee-for-service, therefore reducing the importance of improving Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). But even if APMs eventually […]

The ACO Fix

from THCB at http://bit.ly/2wkSCGM on August 31, 2017 at 05:50PM By JAMES DOULGERIS, MD Kip Sullivan posted an op-ed in “The Health Care Blog,” “On the Ethics of Accountable Care Research,” on August 25, 2017. Mr. Sullivan’s questioning the ethicality of health system generated research papers touting statistically insignificant results as triumphs, while perfectly valid […]