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Mental health disorders complicate standards used by ACA to penalize hospitals for readmission

Co-existing psychiatric illness should be considered in assessing hospital readmissions for three common medical conditions used by Medicare and Medicaid to penalize hospitals with 'excessive'...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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APTA, AOTA, and ASHA agree: Medicare SGR bill leaves beneficiary access issue behind

With more than one million Medicare beneficiaries at risk for being denied necessary outpatient therapy services, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Physical...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Medicare freeze could lead to $8 GP copayment, Australia

The proposal to continue the indexation freeze for all Medicare schedule fees until July 2018 could result in a loss of income for GPs to the tune of $384.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Seniors oppose doc-fix 'compromise' that sticks them with higher Medicare costs

In a letter sent to the House of Representatives, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President/CEO, Max Richtman, applauded efforts to permanently replace the flawed...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Burgess introduces bill to repeal SGR formula, preserve Medicare integrity

Congressman Michael C. Burgess has introduced H.R. 1470, the 'SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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CMS Releases First Hospital Compare Star Ratings System

The agency will now rate Medicare-certified acute-care hospitals based on patient experiences to help consumers compare and choose among hospitals.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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Medical Societies Answer Critics of SGR Repeal

Leaders of organized medicine say a 0.5% annual Medicare raise through 2019, criticized as paltry, is better than a 21% cut. And a law that's admittedly "not Shangri-La" can be tweaked later.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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CMS Releases First Hospital Compare Star Ratings System

The agency will now rate Medicare-certified acute-care hospitals based on patient experiences to help consumers compare and choose among hospitals.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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Medical Societies Answer Critics of SGR Repeal

Leaders of organized medicine say a 0.5% annual Medicare raise through 2019, criticized as paltry, is better than a 21% cut. And a law that's admittedly "not Shangri-La" can be tweaked later.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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Preoperative Tests Still Too Frequent for Cataract Surgery

Preoperative medical tests are still being ordered too frequently for Medicare patients undergoing cataract surgery, despite evidence that such tests have no effect on surgical outcomes.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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Biologics Have High Financial Burden Despite Medicare Part D

Medicare Part D drug coverage left many patients with rheumatoid arthritis with nearly $5000 per year in out-of-pocket expenses for biologics.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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Medicare paid $32m for questionable HIV prescriptions, investigators find

Medicare, the US health insurance plan for elderly and disabled people, paid out $32m (£19m; €24m) in 2012 for dubious HIV drug prescriptions, a new report has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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“Value based” payment project saves US nearly $400m in two years, report finds

A pilot project to evaluate accountable care organizations (ACOs) as an alternative payment model for doctors caring for Medicare patients yielded substantial savings while maintaining the quality of care, a new report has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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“Value based” payment project saves US nearly $400m in two years, report finds

A pilot project to evaluate accountable care organizations (ACOs) as an alternative payment model for doctors caring for Medicare patients yielded substantial savings while maintaining the quality of care, a new report has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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“Value based” payment project saves US nearly $400m in two years, report finds

A pilot project to evaluate accountable care organizations (ACOs) as an alternative payment model for doctors caring for Medicare patients yielded substantial savings while maintaining the quality of care, a new report has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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“Value based” payment project saves US nearly $400m in two years, report finds

A pilot project to evaluate accountable care organizations (ACOs) as an alternative payment model for doctors caring for Medicare patients yielded substantial savings while maintaining the quality of care, a new report has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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Some US hospitals charge 10 times the cost of services, study finds

For the study, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, Ge Bai from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and Gerard Anderson from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, compared what hospitals list as their charges for services with what are known as “Medicare allowable costs.”1  
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over 4 years ago
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Patients less likely to die if readmitted to same hospital, study finds

Researchers analysing more than 9m Medicare patients finds benefits of sending patients who had extensive surgeries to same hospital they had the operation  
theguardian.com
over 4 years ago
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Hundreds are arrested for Medicare fraud totalling $712m

A nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has led to charges being laid against 243 people accused of submitting fraudulent Medicare bills totalling $712m (£450m; €625m), the new US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has announced. Forty six of the accused are licensed medical professionals.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 4 years ago
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US poll finds strong support for Medicare and Medicaid

As the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid approaches, a new poll has found strong public support for both US government health insurance plans.  
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over 4 years ago