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In the News: December 15-21

Sg2 is dedicated to helping our clients interpret the latest news and trends in health care. Below you’ll find our analysis of this week’s key industry headlines, along with links to related Sg2 resources.

AHA News: VA Grants Full Practice Authority to Certain Advanced Practice Nurses

To increase access to health care for veterans, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently revised their guidelines to allow full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses. This rule is in alignment with the nursing profession’s standards of practice and enables the VA to more effectively utilize the skill set and knowledge of its health care providers. Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are excluded from this group, but could be included in a future revision.

Using advanced practitioners at the top of their licenses can improve patient access and free physician capacity for higher-acuity cases. To learn more about the untapped potential of advanced practitioners and strategies for determining where and how to deploy them, read this Sg2 report.


HHS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model

On December 15, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new Medicare-Medicaid ACO model to encourage alternative payment model participation from safety net providers. Unlike previous CMS ACOs, this new model will allow ACOs to undertake financial accountability for the Medicare and Medicaid expenditures of dual-eligible beneficiaries. CMS is currently requesting Letters of Intent from states to participate, starting in 2018.

The health care industry still has a long way to go in delivering value-based care. Sg2 has been covering population health efforts since 2012, and the topic continues to be top-of-mind. For an in-depth collection of Sg2 reports, on-demand webinars and Expert Insights on population health management, check out our online resource kit.


Beyond Sg2: Modern Healthcare Explores the Growing Importance of Unpaid Caregivers

This recent Modern Healthcare article addresses the enormous role home-based caregivers play in caring for the elderly, despite the fact that these caregivers are not well-integrated into today’s health care system. The shift from higher-cost to lower-cost care sites has placed a large patient population—often medically complex, with multiple chronic conditions—in the home setting, where family members with no formal health experience may have to take on arduous clinical tasks.

At Sg2, we believe that organizations must understand and engage caregivers as essential health care consumers who are making key decisions about benefits, providers and care for themselves and their families. To learn how you can build a relevant and tailored consumer-driven offering for your patient population, explore our Sg2 resource kit.

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