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CMS Pilot to Offer Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative Treatments

A new pilot program will give hospice patients more options in the type of care they wish to receive at the end of life, according to CMS. The program, Medicare Care Choices Model, will allow Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, … finish reading CMS Pilot to Offer Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative Treatments

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Savings from Medicare ACOs, Pioneer ACOs Exceed $380 Million: CMS

Initial financial results for a number of CMS healthcare reform delivery initiatives are positive, with savings from both the Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Pioneer ACOs exceeding $380 million, according to the CMS. Interim reports on select Medicare ACO … finish reading Savings from Medicare ACOs, Pioneer ACOs Exceed $380 Million: CMS

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National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

Slower growth in prescription drug, nursing home, private health insurance, and Medicare expenditures contributed to low overall healthcare costs for the fourth consecutive year, according to the CMS’s office of the Actuary. The report also found that the Affordable Care … finish reading National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

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Medicare Finalizes Home Health Payments for 2014

A final ruling on home healthcare payments has been issued for 2014, and is designed to better align Medicare payments with home health agencies’ costs providing care, while lowering costs to taxpayers and the 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who receive … finish reading Medicare Finalizes Home Health Payments for 2014

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New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

Designed to make the healthcare system more transparent and accountable, CMS’s new Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) promises secure, timely access to data at a lower cost, according to CMS. Part of the administration’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, … finish reading New CMS Data Sharing Tool Provides Remote Access to Medicare Data

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Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

Prescription drug use of both effective and risky drugs among Medicare patients varies throughout the United States, showing that location plays an important role in the quality and cost of medical care patients receive, according to a new report from … finish reading Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

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7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

A lack of social support is one of the chief barriers to medication adherence. If a patient has no friends or family to discuss their health and required medications with, they are more likely to skip them, says Thom Stambaugh, … finish reading 7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

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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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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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Experts and Public Disagree on Need to Cut Medicare Spending

While many experts feel future Medicare spending should be reduced in order to lower the federal budget deficit, only one third of Americans agree, according to a special report in the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, a majority … finish reading Experts and Public Disagree on Need to Cut Medicare Spending

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