Monthly Archives: September 2013

Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

Elderly nursing home residents with advanced dementia who were enrolled in a Medicare managed care insurance plan were more likely to have do-not-hospitalize orders and less likely to be hospitalized for acute illness than those residents enrolled in traditional Medicare, … finish reading Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

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Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

Designed to protect consumer safety while supporting innovation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications, or apps. The agency will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act, but … finish reading Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

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Medicare Spending on Heart Attack Patients Jumps 16 Percent in Last Decade

Medicare spending to treat heart attack patients rose by 16.5 percent between 1998 and 2008, with the majority of costs incurred weeks after patients left the hospital, according to a study from the University of Michigan (U-M) Frankel Cardiovascular Center. … finish reading Medicare Spending on Heart Attack Patients Jumps 16 Percent in Last Decade

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Significant Choice and Lower than Expected Premiums Available in New Health Insurance Marketplace

Increased competition in the health insurance marketplace will lead to multiple and affordable choices for consumers, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Individuals in the 36 states where HHS will fully or partly run the online … finish reading Significant Choice and Lower than Expected Premiums Available in New Health Insurance Marketplace

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7 Barriers to Effective SNF-Hospital Care Transitions

A lack of quality information from nursing facilities when a patient was transferred to an ED was one barrier task force members tackled when developing their skilled nursing facility (SNF) care coordination network, explains Mike Demagall, LNHA, LPN, administrator with … finish reading 7 Barriers to Effective SNF-Hospital Care Transitions

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Hospital Readmission Rates Linked with Quality of Surgical Care

Quality surgical care is strongly linked to hospital readmission rates, according to a study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), which appears in the New England Journal of Medicine. Much of the policy focus in the past has been … finish reading Hospital Readmission Rates Linked with Quality of Surgical Care

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Affordable, Quality Healthcare Varies Due to Income, Geography

Access to affordable, quality healthcare varies greatly for low-income people based on where they live, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report scorecard. But the wide differences in geography often put higher-income families at risk as well. The report finds … finish reading Affordable, Quality Healthcare Varies Due to Income, Geography

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Disease-Specific Medical Homes Help Deliver Value-Based Healthcare

One way HealthCare Partners Medical Group of California maintains the lowest hospital readmission rates in its history is by risk-stratifying their patients before placing them in a medical home that best suits their needs, explains Dr. Stuart Levine, corporate medical … finish reading Disease-Specific Medical Homes Help Deliver Value-Based Healthcare

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Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries in California Have Highest Increase in ED Visits: Study

While uninsured patients are often thought of as high emergency department (ED) utilizers, insured patients, particularly those with Medicaid coverage, have come to rely more frequently on EDs, according to a study from the University of California, San Francisco. In … finish reading Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries in California Have Highest Increase in ED Visits: Study

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ACO Leadership by Physician-Hospital Organizations Doubles

Physician-hospital organizations (PHOs) have taken the accountable care organization (ACO) reins from physicians over the last year, according to 2013 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. PHO leadership of ACOs almost doubled in the last 12 months, according to … finish reading ACO Leadership by Physician-Hospital Organizations Doubles

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