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U.S. Senator: For-profit hospitals drive up care costs

For-profit hospitals and hospital chains change the way healthcare is delivered in the U.S., and often drive up the cost of care, according to Connecticut's junior senator.

CMS to compensate docs' care coordination for chronically ill

Amid evidence that better care-coordination means improved outcomes, and fewer mistakes and costly hospitalizations, the Obama administration issued a policy change whereby the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Sericies will pay physicians a monthly fee to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions, the  New York Times  reported.

More reasons to prioritize safety threat cases

Farid Fata, M.D., the notorious oncologist facing imprisonment for healthcare fraud, is back in the headlines. Michigan attorney Donna McKenzie recently filed civil lawsuits on behalf of 11...

Physician-run ACO saves $22M

One accountable care organization agreement between Medicare and a group of Florida doctors has saved $22 million in one year, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Few eligible Part D enrollees receive drug therapy management

CMS requires that all Medicare Part D plans offer medication therapy management (MTM) to eligible consumers. But only 11 percent of those who are eligible for the service receive it, finds a new analysis from Avalere Health. 

Software tool boosts health coach program effectiveness, drives greater savings

Several northeastern Massachusetts hospitals are significantly reducing readmission rates of at-risk Medicare patients and saving more than $100 a month per patient thanks to a health coach program incorporating a patient tracking app deployed on tablet devices.

Medicare spending slowdown could put brakes on Medicare reform

Medicare spending will slow down over the next decade--and although  this bodes well for the federal budget it could also slow down Medicare reform, notes a  post  in  the Morning Consult.

Trustees: Medicare funds safe through 2030

Neither Medicare nor Social Security can carry on with their current financial schedules, and legislative changes must be addressed, according to an annual report released Monday by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees.

Senate committee pushes for RAC reform

A bipartisan senate committee report recommended paying Medicare recovery audit contractors (RAC) based on reductions of improper payment rates in their jurisdictions instead of the volume of improper claims recovered, Bloomberg BNA reported.

NJ hospital gainsharing initiative saves $113 million

A quality and cost initiative spearheaded by the New Jersey Hospital Association saved a dozen hospitals in the Garden State about $113 million over three years.