A secondary analysis of the National Lung Screening Trial has found that low-dose lung cancer screening is actually more effective for older high-risk patients than it is for younger ones, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The comment period for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week and radiology and imaging-related organizations expressed their concerns about a number of issues, such as the potential for significant reimbursement reductions in radiation oncology services. One area of particular interest to these organizations has to do with the payment for the secondary interpretation of images.
Low-dose CT lung cancer screening is cost-effective and saves lives, according to a new study in American Health and Drug Benefits.
Medicare's 2014 comprehensive measure of hospital readmissions show that 364 hospitals across the country, in states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have higher hospital readmission rates than the national average.
In the words of those who oppose the Affordable Care Act, "the U.S. healthcare system is in need of substantial reform." This statement comes from the latest installment of proposals to the healthcare reform law. In his "Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Cover and Permanent Fiscal Solvency," Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Opinions Editor at Forbes Roy Avik's report highlights the "repeal and replace" approach.
As predi cted, the American M edical Association issued recommendations for Medicare to cover end-of-life discussions with patients, a change that could prompt physicians to initiate these conversations more often, according to an arti cle from the New York Times.
Medicare and Medicaid in-home care made news last week in stories showing that the same service setting can drive program dollar losses or savings depending on providers and patients involved.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will end the long wrangling with hospitals over short-term inpatient stays.
Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.
The American Hospital Association called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to cease what it calls "flawed and redundant" audits by its Office of the Inspector General in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.