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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.
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CMS confirmed Tuesday it has proposed to cancel two mandatory bundled payment programs, Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive (CRI) payment model, closing a path for cardiologists to qualify for the 5 percent bonus in the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs) payment track.

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A rule title posted to the Federal Register on Aug. 10 indicates CMS will cancel two mandatory bundled payment programs, the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive (CRI) Payment Models, which were set to start in 2018.

 - Cleveland Clinic

For the 23rd consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic has been named the best U.S. hospital for adult cardiology and heart surgery in the hospital rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

John Flannery, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, will become CEO of General Electric on Aug. 1 and will assume the chairman position in 2018. He will replace GE’s current CEO and chairman, Jeff Immelt, who will step down after 16 years in the leadership roles.

Healthcare’s new reality could be a return to pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies and turning Medicaid into a state block grant program after Donald Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election.


A coalition of physicians, health policy experts and interest groups called on HHS to set up more mandatory pilot programs to test out bundled payment models within Medicare.

Adults between the ages of 45 and 50 with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness are less likely to have a stroke after 65, according to a study published in the journal Stroke.

Serum lipids are significantly improved by certain types of bariatric surgeries, according to an analysis of weight-reduction surgery outcomes published in the Journal of American Medicine.

After undergoing PCI, patients could be at a higher risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke or death if they have sleep-disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea.

In the wake of Theranos voiding two years of reports from its Edison blood testing devices, Walgreens has decided to terminate its partnership in lab testing at more than 40 Walgreens locations in Arizona.