Author: Kristen Barlow

Kristen Barlow

Kristen is a consultant with the Dorsey health strategies team. Kristen works with clients to solve a variety of strategic, operational, and compliance challenges. She has worked particularly with hospitals, clinicians, and post-acute care providers, including but not limited to selecting clinical episodes for bundles, understanding payment reform regulations, improving post-acute efficiency, narrowing post-acute networks, and working with managed care payers.

View Full Bio on Dorsey

Q&A: Financial Restructuring and Healthcare Providers

Kristen Barlow

Any casual reader of healthcare news in recent years has taken note of the upheaval and financial uncertainty facing healthcare providers. Take for example a recent Bloomberg story detailing the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia – “Philadelphia Hospital Collapse Highlights Healthcare ‘Anarchy’”. Anarchy or not, closures, consolidations, and financial restructuring are all too...

CMS’s New “Primary Cares Initiative” Places Primary Care at the Center of the Shift to Value-Based Care

Kristen Barlow

On April 22, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two sweeping new payment innovation models under the Primary Cares Initiatives. The models will seek to incentivize primary care and other providers to take on greater responsibility and risk for the lives of covered beneficiaries. Both new models are scheduled to be...

Getting Ready for Open Payments

Kristen Barlow

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released additional tips regarding submitting Open Payments data.[1] A quick refresher: Submitting data through CMS’s application, Open Payments, is the means to fulfill the Sunshine Act, a federal regulatory requirement that applicable manufacturers, group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”), and health care providers disclose: a) certain transfers of...