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Providers and payors want to work together on transitioning to value-based care. What gets in the way is poor communication and time wasted on redundant administrative tasks, according to a Availity survey released at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) conference in Orlando.

The University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has opened a 225,00-square-foot expansion which it said doubles its laboratory space for cancer research.

States that expanded Medicaid eligibility saw emergency department (ED) use per 1,000 people increase by 2.5 visits in 2014, with the share of ED visits covered by Medicaid increasing by 8.8 percentage points compared to states that didn’t expand the program under the Affordable Care Act.

Value-based care models have led accountable care organizations to change how they utilize their workforce through interdisciplinary teams and managing care by focusing on the highest-risk, and highest-cost, patients.

Health systems have appeared eager to partner with medical schools on preparing medical school students for the value-based care world in which they’ll be practicing, though some educators are worried about being lost in that transition.

 

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