Dually Noted from around the web

December 1, 2014 § 1 Comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Sudders selected for Health and Human Services
MA Governor-elect Charlie Baker has selected Marylou Sudders to be his secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sudders, who served as state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, would take over one of the largest departments in state government. HHS oversees agencies such as the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Health.

CMS considers adjustments to star ratings system
Facing mounting pressure, CMS is considering changing its star ratings system to better reflect the challenges of serving dual-eligibles. Recently, the National Quality Forum and four members of Congress have called on CMS to make changes. One solution under consideration: adjust the ratings system by taking into account the income levels of beneficiaries.

Financial strategies to address increased Medicaid enrollment
Healthcare organizations are coming up with new ways to deal with financial risk and reimbursement problems brought on by increased Medicaid enrollment. In some areas, implementing accountable care models has shown to be effective in mitigating risk. Also, some health systems are launching their own health plans “to bring the benefits of integrated delivery networks to beneficiaries while streamlining finances under one parent organization.”



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