Off to New Orleans for client meetings; should be interesting spending Halloween evening downtown.
A couple tems of note that deserve mention.
Over the weekend 178 GOP and 1 Dem representative called on CMS to stop with all the value-based stuff. Claiming the agency is overstepping its bounds, a letter signed by these worthies evidently wants Medicare to return to fee for service.
In a word, this is dumb. FFS is a big reason health care costs are out of control while quality is spotty at best. Fiscal prudence would seem to demand rapid adoption of value-based care. I know taxpayers will be far better served when more care is based on what actually works, not on what providers can bill for.
CompPharma’s annual Survey of Prescription Drug Management in Workers Comp will be out tomorrow at CompPharma.com. Big news is respondents’ drug costs dropped 8.7% in 2015. Opioids are still the biggest concern and compounds the top emerging issue.
Finally it looks like occupational injuries declined yet again; the Department of Labor reported the injury rate dropped from 3.2/100 to 3.0.
That is good news indeed – especially for those workers who didn’t get hurt.
Hope your week is most excellent.
Note- sorry about no URL links; posting from my phone which makes that really complicated.