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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
 - Eric Roberts, PhD

In 2014, Maryland adopted an all-payer, global budget program for most of its hospitals, making a fixed payment to facilities for services provided in inpatient, outpatient and emergency departments. In its first two years, the concept contained costs, but didn’t appear to change utilization by patients.

 - stars rating quality reviews

A five-star rating on CMS’s Nursing Home Compare website may not equate to “five-star service,” according to a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) study that found nursing homes’ scores may be artificially inflated.

 - ACO

Seventeen more accountable care organizations (ACOs) have joined CMS’s Next Generation ACO model, the most advanced and high-risk available to ACOs in Medicare.

James Hereford, president CEO of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services had some harsh words for electronic health records giant Epic, calling for his fellow healthcare executives to band together to counter Epic’s clout in the industry.

 - AI_Duo

Private equity and venture capital raised nearly $7.2 billion globally in digital health in 2017, led by $1.1 billion in funding for artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, according to Mercom Capital Group.

Congress needs to reach some sort of spending deal by 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, or else the federal government will partially shut down. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which hasn’t been reauthorized in months, was wrapped in talks over a short-term spending deal, and if funding isn’t renewed, states may have to end benefits for some of the nine million children it covers.

 - Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison, MD

Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension Health, SSM Health and Trinity Health announced they’ll create their own not-for-profit generic drug company, called Project RX, with the goal of increasing pharmaceutical competition and making “essential generic medications more available and more affordable.”

 - HRRP risk-adjusted mortality rates

A study from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) found the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) has largely achieved its goals—and contrary to the findings of an earlier study, it didn’t increase mortality rates.

Wayne Brackin, the chief operating officer of Baptist Health South Florida, has abruptly left the system with no explanation for his departure.

 - OCR Director Roger Severino

In a significant shift for HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” is being created dedicated to complaints from healthcare professionals who feel they were discriminated against due to refusing to perform certain services based on religious or moral objections.