May-June 2012

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Pressure PointsThis is the first in a series of special issues taking a closer look at the factors shaping modern medicine.

Health Reform: New Value-Mindedness Forever Changing the Game

It’s not just new legislation to extend coverage to tens of millions more Americans (to the tune of $938 billion over 10 years) – it’s a seismic shift in the way providers practice medicine, the way doctors train, the way scientists chase cures, and the way third-party payors compete in offering insurance.

And while parties wage war over the legislation itself (it now awaits an official Supreme Court decision this summer), rumblings are afoot. Regardless of the court’s ruling, dramatic transformations – changes that will be impossible to rein in – are already in motion as health systems, medical schools and insurers scramble to rethink business as usual. In this special issue of Pulse, we begin to explore how these new pressures are already impacting URMC. More»

Seeds of Reform: A Timeline

How does a nation work towards supplying more citizens with higher-quality health coverage on a smaller tab?  By moving away from a delivery model that rewards volume (e.g., more care “transactions”) and towards one that rewards value.

While the recent Affordable Care Act has lit a fire beneath us as a nation, the seeds of change actually have been sown for a while now. In this timeline, we walk you though some of the biggest milestones that paved the way for reform.

Show Me the Money: A Closer Look at Dollars at Risk

Come October 2016, we’ll feel the brunt of Medicaid and Medicare “pay for performance” changes. By then, as much as 6 percent of all payments will be initially withheld – and only earned back if hospitals score well on a number of quality, safety and value measures. Take a look at what’s really at stake for Strong Memorial.

Faculty Accomplishments

We publish faculty and student accomplishments in every edition of URMC Pulse, highlighting both the prestigious honors our faculty/students receive, as well as the prominent leadership/advisory posts to which they are appointed.