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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.

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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

Dr. Allen Dobson presented at the AcademyHealth Long Term Care Interest Group Colloquium

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.

AcademyHealth features Dr. Allen Dobson

Dr. Allen Dobson delivered a presentation entitled "Cancer Centers of Excellence Under a Medicare Bundled Payment System"

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.

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Dobson | DaVanzo published a study entitled, “The Economic Impact of Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities: A National and State-level Analysis.”

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.

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Al Dobson and Joan DaVanzo were chosen as advisors for the SKP Shire Advisory Board

Their expertise on and long standing experience working with the hospital industry made them an essential asset to understanding the current state and future of hospital markets the meeting included simulation of future policy scenarios.

Dobson | DaVanzo submitted a strategic plan to the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) for the sale of data.

The methodology involved conducting a series of confidential interviews with health policy leaders to determine if and how PAF information can be used by organizations in various sectors of the health care industry. The goal of this study was to investigate the perceived analytic and economic value of these data to potential health care stakeholders, and identify potential data-related products and services of greatest interest to them. PAF will be launching its new Data Products Division in the coming year.