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What Does 'Value' Mean in Healthcare?
Written by Editor   
Monday, February 26, 2018 07:22 AM

What do we mean when we talk about healthcare "value"?

It depends upon who’s talking. A survey commissioned by University of Utah Health of 5,031 patients, 687 physicians, and 538 employers across the nation found that, while most stakeholders agree that healthcare must deliver “value," it's not clear what that means, or how they'd prioritize the components of cost, service, and quality.

“There is not universal agreement across those three critical voices as to what value constitutes,” said Utah Health's chief medical quality officer.
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TBCE Disciplinary Actions: Dec. 2017
Written by Editor   
Monday, February 26, 2018 07:14 AM

The Dec. 2017 issue of the TBCE’s Texas Chiropractic Board Report reports the following disciplinary actions:

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TCA’S REPONSE TO BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, February 16, 2018 11:08 AM

Chiropractors across the country are rightfully upset about the recent policy change at Blue Cross Blue Shield in which BCBS is denying payments for E/M Services, particularly those when billed with the modifier 25. Please know that TCA is well-aware of what’s happening and is determining the next steps to take.

Here is TCA’s official response to our members and all Texas chiropractors:

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Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record, Flu Reminders For Staff
Written by Editor   
Thursday, February 15, 2018 09:29 AM

Overall hospitalizations for influenza-like illness (ILI) are at their highest since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began collecting such data. 

"In the past week, we have seen increased [ILI] activity, more hospitalizations, and tragically, more flu-associated deaths in children and adults," the acting director, CDC, said. "As of this week, overall hospitalizations are now the highest we've seen, even higher than in 2014-2015, our previous high season. Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation. This is an unusual pattern for flu in the [United States]."

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National Health Spending at $3.5 Trillion, $5+ Trillion in Less Than a Decade
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Thursday, February 15, 2018 09:07 AM

National health spending grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2017, to $3.5 trillion, up slightly from a 4.3% increase in the growth rate in 2016, officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Wednesday.

The projected increase was due in part to increased growth in Medicare spending and higher premiums for health insurance bought through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, officials said. Over the longer term, national health spending is expected to increase 5.5% annually over the next decade -- 1% faster than the increase in the gross domestic product during that period -- reaching a total of $5.7 trillion by 2026.

Spending on physician and clinical services grew by an estimated 5% in 2017, to $698.3 billion, a decline from 5.4% in 2016, said an economist at CMS's National Health Statistics Group. The proliferation of high-deductible health plans, which encourage less spending on healthcare, will have contributed to that deceleration.

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