Blog Weekly News Scan: 11 guidelines for MSK pain, Expanding the Next Generation ACO model By Taylor Goldsmith, 05.31.19 FacebookTwitterLinkedin This week in the news, we look at a study identifying top recommendations for treating musculoskeletal pain, a request to reinstate Next Generation ACOs and more. We hope you enjoy! Healthcare organizations ask CMS to expand Next Generation ACOs, FierceHealthcare, May 31, 2019: In a letter to the Trump administration, a group of 10 healthcare organizations is asking them to grow the Next Generation ACO model. The letter argues that Next Gen ACOs have proven successful and should be offered as a permanent program beginning in 2021. In fact, the program accounted for $62 million in savings to Medicare in 2016. Compared to other types of ACOs, those in the Next Gen program take on greater risk but in exchange are afforded greater flexibility when it comes to care coordination. Learn more in this FierceHealthcare article. How doctors and other clinicians can talk to patients about surprise bills, health costs, FierceHealthcare, May 28, 2019: As the healthcare cost conversation heats up in Washington D.C., it’s essential that physicians understand why and how to have similar conversations with patients. The concern many providers have though is that they, like patients, aren’t always armed with out of pocket cost information. Even so, simply talking about expenses is a way for providers to build trust with their patients. Learn more about what politicians are doing to help bridge this gap and the role providers can play in this article. Study identifies 11 guideline-based recommendations for musculoskeletal pain, PT in Motion, May 24, 2019: A group of researchers, including physical therapists, has recently identified a core set of 11 clinical guideline recommendations for treating adult musculoskeletal pain. The researchers hope the recommendations will assist in both emergency and primary care settings as well as help consumers make more informed decisions about their healthcare. Among the 11 recommendations include receiving nonsurgical care before considering surgery, receiving individualized education about their condition and treatment, reducing the amount of imaging needed and more. Want even more? Subscribe to our blog digest to get our news scan delivered to your inbox every week. Sign up today.