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.
The federal government scored big wins against prescription drug fraud last week, while New Jersey pushed back its implementation deadline for providers' use of securer prescription pads.
Medical imaging managers and directors continue to have low confidence that they will be adequately reimbursed by Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is soliciting comments through Sept. 15 about its proposed initiatives to test new engagement models for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.