HMA Authors Explore New Models of Care in Correctional Health

HMA Principals Donna Strugar-Fritsch and Linda Follenweider are featured authors in the spring edition of CorrectCare, the magazine of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).

Based on a presentation at the NCCHC’s 2015 Leadership Institutes, “A Call for New Models of Care in Correctional Health” takes a look at components of new primary care models, how they’ve advanced care – and how they can be used in correctional settings.

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MACRA: Will these carrots and sticks work?

The comment period for MACRA proposed rules started a couple of weeks ago and ends June 26, 2016. CMS is to be commended for valiantly translating MACRA legislation into specific rules that will apply at the start of the first performance period scheduled to be January 1, 2017 (wow!). However commendable though, we should all be clear about the inherent problems, of which there are a number. I’ll briefly outline one central problem: behavioral economics.

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New Leadership, Team Building Workshop for Those Serving Vulnerable Populations

Transformation of healthcare delivery is requiring those of us who serve vulnerable populations to cultivate new leaders and form new kinds of teams inside and outside of our organizations.

HMA and Rush University Medical Center-Chicago are launching a new, one-day intensive workshop that will introduce proven strategies for developing a deep bench of collaborative leaders and empowered providers.

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New Value-Based Payment Assessment Tool

The shift from volume-based to value-based payment (VBP) requires primary care providers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and behavioral health providers to make fundamental changes to the delivery of care, operations, and financial management.

Our new web-based, self-assessment will help evaluate your readiness across multiple domains and identify critical care delivery, financial, and operational elements that will help you become ready to succeed under existing and emerging value-based payment models. We offer two versions of the tool: one for primary care providers and one for behavioral health providers.

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HMA is launching a new blog

Change is the new normal for healthcare today. The industry is in constant flux. Healthcare reform is prompting us to reimagine what we do and how we deliver healthcare. It seems many public, private and nonprofit stakeholders are taking different approaches, sparking a daily stream of research, studies and trends to inform your next move.

But who has time to sift through all that data? Keeping current with the latest developments alone is a full-time job. That’s where HMA can help.

You’ve counted on us for decades to provide clear insights into policy, programs and financing to get the job done. We provide counsel, research, whitepapers, webinars and weekly updates.

And now, we’re writing a blog.

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HMA Information Services Adds Hospital, Provider Data

HMA Information Services (HMAIS), a leading subscription database of Medicaid and government-sponsored healthcare information, is expanding into the hospital and provider market.

HMAIS recently added hospital and provider information in a dozen states, with others expected to come online in the weeks ahead. Data for each state includes rankings of acute care hospitals by Medicaid inpatient days and percentage of total bed days from Medicaid. Also included are historical Medicaid fee trends for more than 25 key physician procedures. HMAIS also has capitated rates paid to Medicaid managed care plans in states like Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, and Ohio; and accountable care organizations in states like Oregon.

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Conflict-Free Choice Counseling

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, we explore an important issue to individuals with disabilities – the need for conflict-free choice counseling. Conflict-free choice counseling is very relevant not only when individuals are choosing health plans in Medicaid and in the Exchanges, but also for when they receive referrals to other health-related services. It is a vital step in helping, protecting, and empowering vulnerable populations.

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Implications of Obergefell on Healthcare Access

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment. Despite this seminal moment in civil rights, individuals within the LGBT community still face numerous barriers, including equal access to healthcare and other rights afforded to heterosexuals.


Photo from the official White House Facebook page.

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Social Justice Matters


Image from Adam Fagen.

This past week has been momentous for the world of social justice in the United States. On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of federal subsidies within the Affordable Care Act, which allows people across the United States to continue to better afford their health insurance purchased through the federal exchange. On Friday, the Court also ruled that same-sex marriage is a right granted by the U.S. Constitution.

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