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MACRA: Quietly transforming health care

by Anne Phelps, Principal, US Health Care Regulatory Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

It has been a couple weeks since House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In my last My Take, I outlined the process the Senate will go through in moving the legislation forward, and what it will take to bring a bill to the president’s desk. While repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is dominating the headlines and would certainly have a significant impact on the health care landscape,

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Chronic care management: New risks, new opportunities

by Ryan Haggerty, Senior Manager, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee passed a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening and improving health care outcomes for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 was introduced April 6, and was unanimously approved by the committee in a 26-0 vote on May 19.

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Targeting overuse, low-value health care

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Recognizing that more is not always better health care, five years ago, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer Reports launched the Choosing Wisely initiative to curb overuse of unnecessary and potentially harmful services. The goal of this initiative is to improve health care value for patients, and reduce harm and costs. The initiative began with about nine medical specialty societies,

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Do higher patient experience ratings yield better clinical outcomes?

by Steve Burrill, Vice Chairman, US Health Care Providers Leader, Deloitte LLP

I lead a double life. On days when I’m not wearing a suit and tie and meeting with clients, I’m spending my weekends and holidays on our farm in Oregon – clad in a t-shirt, faded jeans, and work boots – where we raise certified organic lambs, chickens and eggs, and vegetables. Over the past several years,

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Virtual reality is transforming medical education

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Medical education is transforming thanks to medical and nursing schools adopting innovations to prepare new clinicians for emerging models of care. In today’s rapidly changing health care system, physicians and care teams require new capabilities to best practice medicine and serve their patients. They must understand value-based payment models, how to operate in a patient-centered system – rather than one centered on the physician – and learn to incorporate new technologies into the practice of medicine.

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