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Healthcare News Spotlight: June 9

Dartmouth Researchers Develop New Method to Transparently Measure Healthcare Value

Shared decision making empowers patients to decide whether to get care and what approach is best for them. With the goal of developing measures that will empower patients to decide where to get care, researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice have used publicly available Hospital Compare and Medicare expenditure data to create a hospital-level measure of value. Findings show significant variation performance on quality, cost, and value. Read on.


Health Catalyst: Only 3 Percent of hospitals Meet CMS Target for Value-Based Care

A recent Health Catalyst survey of 78 healthcare professionals with the topic of the transition to value-based care and payments reveled less than a quarter of U.S. hospitals are expected to meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of providing half or more of their patients with value-based care by 2018. Only two percent meet that target today, and only twenty three percent are projected to meet that goal a year late in 2019. Read more results.

New FDA Draft Guidance Encourages Medical Device Makers to Share Data with Patients

This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published recommendations to “describe the Agency's current thinking” about how medical device data is to be shared with patients. The document goes on to explain the belief that accurate information will empower patients to be more engaged in medical shared decision making with their providers, but in order to do so must be useable information that which is presented with clarity and context. Learnmore insight from MobiHealthNews.

The EEOC's New Corporate Wellness Regulations

New EEOC regulations will affect employer wellness programs in 2017. The rules describe how the ADA and GINA apply to workplace wellness. Some highlights- The offering must be voluntary and waived without denial of group coverage, must provide detailed notice to individuals of medical information obtained, and new thresholds have been set for incentives.

62% of Wellness Participants Say Everyone Should Enroll in Wellness: HealthMine Survey

Results of a recent HealthMine survey of 750 wellness program participants seem to indicate employees are not only encouraged by wellness program incentives, but believe the programs are helping them stay healthy and move productive at work, and think increased participation among members in their health plan would lower healthcare cost for everyone.

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