The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services withdraw its proposed two-midnight rule, AHA News Now has reported.
U.S. healthcare delivery is different from most of the rest of the world for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the most significant one is the fact that ours is often marbled with a mean streak.
That doesn't mean that there isn't compassion in the care that is being delivered in this country--there is a ton of it, and for the most part it obscures the mean streak. But the profit-driven, bottom-line and ideologically obsessed manner in which some organizations deliver care feeds that streak nevertheless. It can sometimes make hospitals appear more like a New York City moving company holding furniture hostage than community-based charitable institutions.
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The Senate Tuesday night overwhelmingly passed a bill to do away with the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate formula, a mechanism used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians. The vote, 92-8, took place at 9:40 p.m., dangerously close to a midnight deadline when payment cuts of 21 percent were due to take effect unless the Senate approved the legislation.
There are five-star hotels and restaurants, and soon there may be five-star hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has introduced a new hospital rating system for patient experience that will be based on a five-star scale.
Although the idea of including doctors in hospitals' bundled care payments has long been considered a detriment to physician autonomy, the move could significantly improve savings and care quality, argues an opinion piece published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Medicare program overpaid hospitals $2.6 billion for the treatment of critically ill patients between 2010 and 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported.
A new report that examines the role New Orleans' hospitals play in the local economy illustrates the importance of hospitals to area small businesses.
Is the Veterans Health Administration a fiscal paragon when it comes to managing patients and avoiding readmissions? Quartz magazine examines its internal management system and lists reasons why hospitals may want to duplicate the VA's approach.
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The Florida ophthalmologist included in the public corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez faces additional healthcare fraud charges for bilking the federal government out of $105 million between 2008 and 2013, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Salomon Melgen, M.D. remains in custody after a judge ruled he was a flight risk.
When two doctors started the Do No Harm Project at the University of Colorado-Denver, it was simply because they recognized that healthcare overuse is "an urgent ethical issue" in the medical field, said co-founder Brandon Combs, M.D., in a Thursday webinar hosted by the Lown Institute.