Health Care Quality Reporting

Minnesota Physician has published a two part series on health care quality reporting by Kip Sullivan. Part 1  Re-evaluating “performance” measurement: Minnesota’s teachable moment Part 2  A futile quest: Why “performance” measurement is not working

Revenue Data on MN’s Hospital Chains

Kip Sullivan

Kip Sullivan’s reaction to a recent Minneapolis StarTribune article on the tug-of-war between nonprofit hospitals and insurers over efforts to rein in costs.  Plus there is a link to the 24th annual StarTribune list of 100 largest nonprofits in Minnesota dominated by the healthcare sector.

New Study: Medicare’s Readmission Penalties May Be Killing Patients

Kip Sullivan

On the morning of December 21, I opened my copy of the New York Times to find an op-ed that said almost exactly what I had said in a two-part article The Health Care Blog posted two weeks earlier. The op-ed criticized the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), one of dozens of …

MedPAC’s Proposed “Reforms” Should Be Tested Before They’re Implemented: CMS’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Is Exhibit A

Kip Sullivan

Egged on by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Congress has imposed multiple pay-for-performance (P4P) schemes on the fee-for-service Medicare program. MedPAC recommended most of these schemes between 2003 and 2008, and Congress subsequently imposed them on Medicare, primarily via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 and the Medicare Access .