Private insurers have also forged ahead with efforts to tie quality to payment. While risk-based contracts are still less common, some of the largest companies have formed working groups and task forces with regional health care systems to help plan for the insurance companies to meet with goal of shifting 75 percent of their business by 2020 to contract types that incentivize providers to meet quality and cost metrics. Private insurers have also increased efforts to partner with health care systems and hospitals to coordinate care with the aim of delivering higher quality at lower costs. For example, private insurers have worked with health systems to develop programs to more fully engage patients with chronic conditions or complex diagnoses in their health care, allowing physicians and other health care providers to more closely monitor treatment, help them manage their condition and prevent further complications. Such programs bring together the interests—and can yield … [Read more...] about Managing the Transition to Transformation: Quality and Payment Reform: Who Is Asking for What and Why?
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The investigators interviewed and read affidavits from former prisoners and prison guards at the camps. They learned of prisoners forced to work 20-hour days who died from malnutrition and overwork, rapes, forced abortions, torture, infanticide and executions for offenses as minor as scavenging for food. … [Read more...] about North Korean political prisons rival Nazi concentration camps, investigator says
"We were elected in part to be a check-and-balance on an out-of-control executive branch, and we're going to continue to take that oversight responsibility seriously," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Primarily, we've been focused on kitchen-table pocketbook issues trying to get things done on behalf of the American people and to bring our democracy to life." … [Read more...] about Rep. Jeffries: House Dems United on Call for Healthcare Reform
Kushner has been working on reforming the prison system, although Sessions has pushed back on some of his suggestions. According to the Times, Inch was left on the sidelines as Kushner and Sessions squabbled. Two days before the aforementioned meeting — after which President Donald Trump spoke about the topic — Inch turned in his resignation letter. … [Read more...] about NYT: Prison Reform Debate Between Kushner, Sessions Forces Out Bureau Chief
Since he took office, Krasner says, more than 1,750 people have been freed on their own recognizance who, in the past, would have been required to make bail. In seeking more lenient sentences, his prosecutors have reduced future incarceration by a total of 4,179 years, a savings to the state of about $167 million, he says. His reforms, he adds, have led to a nearly 30% decrease in the city’s jail population. … [Read more...] about Once tough-on-crime prosecutors now push progressive reforms