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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Allen Dobson presented a paper, entitled “Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care: A Complex Relationship,” at the AcademyHealth Long Term Care Interest Group Colloquium on June 29, 2010. The presentation examines issues that should be considered in designing a post-acute care payment bundle and the implications of bundling on long-term care as health care reform is implemented.
Dr. Allen Dobson presented at the Infocast Cancer Centers of Excellence Summit on May 4, 2010. His presentation, entitled “Cancer Centers of Excellence Under a Medicare Bundled Payment System,” discusses what a payment bundle is, what issues need to be resolved before payments can be bundled, what the role of the Stark III Law and anti-kickback statutes are, how overall payment amounts are set, and what the implications and incentives of bundled payments are.
The study was commissioned by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) to estimate the economic contribution of inpatient psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers to each state economy and the national economy in terms of output, employment, and taxes. Mark Covall, President and CEO of NAPHS, said in a press release that, "investing in inpatient behavioral healthcare is a win-win situation for those who so desperately need this care and for the economy where job creation is a top priority." Al Dobson presented the study at the NAPHS 2010 Annual Meeting on March 9, 2010.
Dobson | DaVanzo received a 2010 APEX Award of Excellence for this publication.