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MANAGED CARE February 2010. ©MediMedia USA

One in 13 U.S. adults who needed to see a specialist reported access to be a “big problem,” according to a recent News and Numbers report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Participants reported various reasons for difficulty getting specialty care, including lack of health insurance, specialist nonparticipation in patients’ insurance plans, difficulty contacting specialists, long waits to get an appointment, and inconvenient specialist location.... The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has selected the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a designated accrediting organization for medical imaging facilities. ACR is able to satisfy all accreditation requirements for providers of advanced medical imaging mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.... Episode-based payment is gaining some traction as a consensus grows that true health care reform will require a move away from fee-for-service payments. A policy analysis conducted by researchers at the Center for Health System Change and Mathematica Policy Research identifies key policy considerations involved in designing and implementing an episode-based payment system that would bundle payment for some or all services delivered to a patient for an episode of care for a specific condition over a defined period. The analysis is titled “Episode-Based Payments: Charting a Course for Health Care Payment Reform” and can be found at http://www.nihcr.org/EpisodeBasedPayments.html.

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