Monthly Archives: April 2012

CMS Proposes Increased Hospital Fees for Improved Patient Care; HAI Reduction Key Incentive

In a move designed to improve patient care and reduce overall Medicare spending, CMS is proposing to update Medicare payment policies and increase rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals. The proposed rule also includes … finish reading CMS Proposes Increased Hospital Fees for Improved Patient Care; HAI Reduction Key Incentive

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Case Managers Migrating to Primary Care Offices in Greater Numbers, Finds Survey

The third annual Healthcare Case Management e-survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network probed for specifics in three new areas: trends in embedded case management, including work locations of co-located case managers and the greatest challenges and benefits of embedding case … finish reading Case Managers Migrating to Primary Care Offices in Greater Numbers, Finds Survey

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Text Message Reminders May Get More Parents to Vaccinate Kids Against Flu

Text message reminders to parents about flu vaccinations may help boost the number of children vaccinated, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. But overall vaccination rates remain low. Text messages are considered an effective … finish reading Text Message Reminders May Get More Parents to Vaccinate Kids Against Flu

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5 Key Practices of Successful Hospital-to-Home Transitions

Hospital-to-home transitions can be improved by encouraging coordination among providers and health plans, and directly engaging with patients early in the transition process, says a new report from Avalere Health for the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). Researchers examined … finish reading 5 Key Practices of Successful Hospital-to-Home Transitions

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Commonwealth Plan to Improve Care For Chronically Ill Could Save $184 Billion Over Next 10 Years

A new community-based plan targeting the chronically ill with care quality improvement efforts could save $184 billion in health spending over the next 10 years, says the Commonwealth Fund. The “Health Improvement Community” initiative proposes that the HHS and CMS … finish reading Commonwealth Plan to Improve Care For Chronically Ill Could Save $184 Billion Over Next 10 Years

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Geisinger, Bon Secours, Baptist Among Thomson Reuters’ Top Hospitals

Geisinger Medical Center, Bon Secours Health Systems and Baptist Medical Center are among the top 100 hospitals in the country for organizational performance, according to Thomson Reuters’ annual 100 Top Hospitals® study. The study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; … finish reading Geisinger, Bon Secours, Baptist Among Thomson Reuters’ Top Hospitals

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CMS Publishes Patient Responses to Home Health Agency Surveys

Consumers can now compare results from home health agencies’ patient surveys, according to the CMS. Results from the national survey on the efficacy of Medicare-certified home health agencies are available on CMS’s Quality Care Finder Web site. It was designed … finish reading CMS Publishes Patient Responses to Home Health Agency Surveys

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3 Key Questions to Ask ED Patients to Reduce Utilization

Establishing when a patient first had problems, and when they needed to go to the ED, are two questions that help physicians establish a timetable, a particularly valuable tool with the Medicaid population, who utilize the ED twice as often … finish reading 3 Key Questions to Ask ED Patients to Reduce Utilization

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Medicare “Donut Hole” Leads to Sharp Drop in CV Medication Adherence: Study

Medicare Part D beneficiaries with cardiovascular (CV) conditions whose coverage ended during the “donut hole” period in 2006 and 2007 were 57 percent more likely to discontinue their CV medications than those beneficiaries who had consistent drug coverage, according to … finish reading Medicare “Donut Hole” Leads to Sharp Drop in CV Medication Adherence: Study

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30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates Inaccurate: Study

Publicly reported all-cause hospital readmission rates may be inaccurate because they do not distinguish between planned and unplanned surgeries for complications, according to a recent report from the UCSF Medical Center. After analyzing thousands of spinal encounters from 2007 to … finish reading 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates Inaccurate: Study

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