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For all the talk of the need to more closely tie physicians’ compensation to quality care and value, productivity continues to dominate payment schemes. Still, some cardiology groups are finding ways to shift from volume toward value using strategies built off their histories and cultures.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it clear to hospitals and healthcare systems that reimbursement increasingly will be tied to quality and value. On March 3, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that CMS had reached its goal of linking 30 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments to various alternative payment models. CMS, the single largest healthcare payer in the U.S., estimated that as much as...