Category Archives: Improving Community Care

Senate’s Repeal of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Strengthens Move Toward Value-Based Physician Reimbursement

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday, April 14th, to approve a bill that repeals the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Bill, otherwise known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), a mechanism used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians. The legislation also created … finish reading Senate’s Repeal of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Strengthens Move Toward Value-Based Physician Reimbursement

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Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

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” readmission rates: heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and pneumonia, according to a new collaborative … finish reading Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

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4-Step Data-Driven Care Model Targets Dual Eligibles

The philosophy that healthcare is local—and therefore, care needs to be local and community-based—drives WellCare Health Plans’s efforts to connect its dually eligible population to health services. Here Pamme Lyons Taylor, WellCare’s vice president of advocacy and community-based programs, explains … finish reading 4-Step Data-Driven Care Model Targets Dual Eligibles

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Prescription Drug Costs Among Top Concerns for Medicare Beneficiaries

Prescription drug costs are among the top concerns for more than one-third of Medicare Part D beneficiaries, with one in five admitting they’ve had to delay filling a prescription or skip doses to help manage medication costs, according to a … finish reading Prescription Drug Costs Among Top Concerns for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Public Hospitals Adopt 6 Strategies to Respond to Growing Capacity and Financial Pressures

Expanding primary care access, attracting privately insured patients and ensuring financial payments are some of the strategies public hospitals have used to accommodate the growing number of uninsured and Medicaid patients, according to a study from the Center for Studying … finish reading Public Hospitals Adopt 6 Strategies to Respond to Growing Capacity and Financial Pressures

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Nearly 1 in 2 U.S. Physicians Suffer from Burnout: Study

Almost half of all physicians are suffering from at least one symptom of burnout, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Physicians in specialties at the front line of care access, including emergency medicine, … finish reading Nearly 1 in 2 U.S. Physicians Suffer from Burnout: Study

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HHS Grants Nearly $730 Million to Improve Community Health Centers

Two capital programs totaling nearly $730 million have been awarded for the expansion, construction and renovation of community health centers in the United States, the HHS reported. One program will provide approximately $629 million to 171 existing health centers across … finish reading HHS Grants Nearly $730 Million to Improve Community Health Centers

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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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