Hospitals with high rates of certain hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) will have their Medicare payments cut by 1% for the 2015 fiscal year.
Providers and care teams working to improve the health of overweight and obese patients must keep hypertension detection and management top of mind for this population.
Providers, owners and suppliers who owe Medicare money, have been convicted of felonies or have a history of billing abuse will be excluded from enrollment under new rules adopted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Researchers generally agree that intense, highly-coordinated care, with an emphasis on changing patient behavior is a key to improving outcomes and reducing costs for complex morbidities.
The industry is challenged by a number of issues in 2015 including cost control, technology threats, and the emerging consumer market.
An estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion was saved between 2010 and 2013 because of reduced hospital-acquired conditions,according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Total national health spending slowed from 4.1% in 2012 to 3.6% in 2013, the slowest rate of growth since it was first tracked in 1960, according to a report from the Office of the Actuary (OACT) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Thomas Malone, MD will become chief executive officer at Summa Health, and Karen Rohan will become president of Aetna, as of January 1, 2015.
Americans in 2013 spent a little more on medical services from the prior year, but utilized them less, according to a new report by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).