Tuesday, 22 March 2016 07:02

VBPmonitor is One Year Old!

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I would like to thank all of you who have subscribed and supported VBPmonitor this past year. It is hard to believe that one year ago today, on March 23, 2015, we announced its launch, marking Panacea Healthcare Solutions’ newest “monitor” product: an Internet news platform created to help providers navigate through the value-based purchasing and quality maze. The centerpiece is the VBPmonitor.com website, which not only features articles written for the many different value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives, but also features VBPUniversity.com, which produces educational webcasts and offers white papers and books. If you haven’t visited that website yet, please do.

I would also like to thank the VBPmonitor Editorial Board for its continuous support and expert clinical content, which has made up the articles in our e-newsletters, white papers, and webcasts. Thanks to them we have covered news topics such as the Hospital Value-Based-Purchasing Program, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs), Core Measures, the CJR Final Rule, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-Based Modifier Program, Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan, the impact of ICD-10 on quality reporting, best practices from actual providers, and the LTPAC (Long-Term Post-Acute Care) Health IT Collaborative, to name a few. All of these topics (and more) are searchable in our e-news archives and can be accessed by going to the VBPmonitor home page; just click on the NEWS tab at the top of page and then click on ENEWS. You can also click on the Editorial Board tab to view who is involved in the process of producing the news. We are always looking for additional members, so if you are interested, please contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is truly an exciting time in healthcare, as we really begin to transform from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement.  A recent HHS press release issued on March 3 noted that “an estimated 30 percent of Medicare payments are now tied to alternative payment models that reward the quality of care over quantity of services provided to beneficiaries.” There have also been recent discussions on the financial impact in relation to drops in profits, revenue, and income, and increased costs related to technology needs, process changes, etc. that this move is having on providers. While I believe everyone agrees that increasing quality in healthcare is very important, these next few years will be interesting to watch in order to see how this all plays out – and VBPmonitor will be with you every step of the way!

So, what’s coming to VBPmonitor in the next year? We will be continuing to bring you our free e-newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, as well as special bulletins when there is breaking news. We are planning an exciting schedule of webcasts and white papers as well as looking to begin our free live weekly internet broadcast, Thought-Leader-Thursday, which is scheduled to launch sometime this summer. You can access all this information on our website, www.VBPmonitor.com.

Again, thank you so very much for all your support this past year.


About the Author

Kim Charland is the editor of VBPmonitor.com and the senior vice president of clinical innovation with Panacea Healthcare Solutions. Kim has 30 years of experience in health information and reimbursement management for hospitals and physician offices. Kim’s primary role with Panacea is publisher of VBPmonitor.com, which is the company’s newest online monitor and is focused on value-based purchasing and quality. She is also co-host of ICD10monitor.com’s Internet news broadcast Talk-Ten-Tuesdays. In addition, she assists with product development for Panacea’s consulting and software divisions, as well as the MedLearn Publishing division. Kim is also recognized as a national speaker and has spoken for numerous organizations.

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