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Dr. Dobson Addresses NASL Conference

September 20, 2011: Las Vegas.

Dr. Allen Dobson addressed the National Association of Support for Long Term Care (NASL) in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.Dr. Dobson’s presentation was entitled, “Bundled Payments; Baffling Implications.” The NASL meeting was held in conjunction with the AHCA/NCAL 62nd Annual Conference. For more information about payment bundling, contact Dr. Dobson at: al.dobson@dobsondavanzo.com.

 

Allen Dobson is quoted in American Medical News

Allen Dobson is quoted in an American Medical News article on the relationship between health spending and discussions on the debt ceiling. The article can be accessed by clicking this link.

Jinglin Wang Joins Dobson | DaVanzo

Jinglin Wang, M.P.A. joined Dobson | DaVanzo in June 2011 as a Data Analyst. Ms. Wang, who received her Master of Public Administration in 2010 from George Mason University, comes to the firm with expertise in data analysis and brings a wide range of skills in quantitative methods and analyses. During graduate school, Ms. Wang held several research positions in quantitative and qualitative policy research and analysis at organizations including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Center for the Study of the Presidency, Public Affairs Council, and Congressional Management Foundation.

Anne Pick Joins Dobson | DaVanzo

We are pleased to announce that Anne E. Pick joined Dobson DaVanzo as a Research Analyst. Ms. Pick, who recently graduated with her MPH in Health Policy from the George Washington University, comes to the firm with expertise in health policy, public health, stakeholder outreach, and media relations. Her prior experience includes work with Senator Chuck Grassley and with the Senate Finance Committee on health reform.

Dobson | DaVanzo examines IOM Report on Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payments

Dobson | DaVanzo was invited to examine the Institute of Medicine’s report entitled, “Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase 1: Improving Accuracy (released June 1st).” To view our analysis, entitled: “An Examination of the Data, Materials, and Assumptions Used in the Institute of Medicine Report: “Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase 1: Improving Accuracy,” click here.

Dr. Dobson Addresses NASW Think Tank Symposium

Dr. Al Dobson addressed the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Think Tank Symposium, Investing in the Social Work Workforce, on May 18th in Washington, DC. His presentation was entitled, "Social Work, CMS, and Health Care Reform: New Opportunities & Accountability." The symposium was convened by NASW in collaboration with the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER).

Dobson | DaVanzo is Awarded SBRAD Contract by CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Dobson | DaVanzo has been awarded a contract to provide services under the Small Business Expedited Research and Demonstration (SBRAD) program. CMS anticipates awarding multiple indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Task Orders to Dobson | DaVanzo over the next five years to conduct research, analysis, demonstration and survey activities relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program issues related to uninsured populations, and other aspects of the CMS program.

 

Dobson | DaVanzo Assists Patient Advocate Foundation with its Patient Data Analysis Report

For the second year, Dobson | DaVanzo has helped the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) compile its annual comprehensive data analysis report, which takes an in-depth look at the financial and health care access issues faced by patients across the United States. A further description of the report can be found at Health Finance News, by clicking on this link.

Dobson | DaVanzo Guest Editors on ACO Blog

Al Dobson and Joan DaVanzo have recently joined the Accountable Care Forum: From Volume to Value, a blog presented by Squire Sanders Legal Consultants.  Dobson | DaVanzo's first contribution, posted on Friday, April 8th, is entitled, "Two Views on Beneficiary Data implications for Patients and ACOs: Part 2 - ACOs' Use of Medicare Beneficiary Identifiable Claims Data to Track Population Health and Expenditures."

To view Al and Joan's contribution and to read the entire blog, click on this link.    

Dobson|DaVanzo has Conducted a Medicare Payment Bundling Analysis

based on a powerful patient-level Medicare database, linking expenditures across acute and post-acute care settings.

Read the project details here.

Dr. Dobson Addresses the National Health Policy Conference on 2/9/2011

Dr. Al Dobson addressed the National Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC on 2/9/2011. The title of the seminar was "Building Bridges: Making a Difference in Long-Term Care." Dr. Dobson was invited to present highlights from his paper, "Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care: A Complex Relationship." A Copy of the slides from his presentation are available by clicking here.  You can also access audio recordings and presentations from the workshop at the Academy Health website by clicking here.

Dr. Allen Dobson presented on Medicare payment bundling at the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Health Care Reform Task Force Seminar

Dr. Allen Dobson presented “Medicare Payment Bundling: Is it Inevitable?” at the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Health Care Reform Task Force Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona on October 28, 2010. The presentation covered the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, how to define care coordination, what a bundle is, and what issues need to be resolved before Medicare payments can be bundled. 

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Dobson | DaVanzo published their full report, entitled "The Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries of DMEPOS Competitive Bidding - Considerations for the Round 1 Re-bid and Beyond"

Dobson|DaVanzo published its full report, entitled “The Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries of DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Considerations for the Round 1 Re-bid and Beyond,” examining the potential impact on patients of the competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). The report discusses potential consequences for Medicare’s most vulnerable beneficiaries who may experience a decline in choice, access, and quality in their DMEPOS benefit.

Read the report

Drs. Joan DaVanzo and Allen Dobson, and Audrey El-Gamil were published in the September 2010 edition of Ostomy Wound Management

Drs. Joan DaVanzo and Allen Dobson, and Audrey El-Gamil, along with Namrata Sen from The Lewin Group, published an article in the September 2010 edition of Ostomy Wound Management. Their article, entitled “A Retrospective Comparison of Clinical Outcomes & Medicare Expenditures in Skilled Nursing Facility Residents with Chronic Wounds,” discusses health care expenditures for Medicare patients with wounds treated with and without a comprehensive wound care protocol.

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Dobson | DaVanzo released an issue brief evaluating the potential impact on patients of the competitive bidding program for DMEPOS

Dobson|DaVanzo released an issue brief in August evaluating the potential impact on patients of the competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). The study, entitled “Issue Brief on the Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries of DMEPOS Competitive Bidding,” considers the difficulties beneficiaries may experience in terms of choice, access to, and quality of DMEPOS, if the competitive bidding program leads to poor quality equipment and a reduction of services.

Read the issue brief and read articles about the study in Homecare Magazine and HME Business