Outpatient care coordination does not significantly reduce hospitalizations among high-cost Medicare patients, researchers say. Instead 90% of inpatient spending for those patients was "for treatment of conditions that you wouldn't think would be preventable by outpatient management." >>>
Despite the prospect of millions of newly insured patients, many hospital and health system finance executives are not expecting healthcare reform to be a boon to their organizations' bottom lines. >>>
The final rule on exemptions from the individual shared responsibility payment penalty mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act identifies nine categories. Less than 2% of Americans are expected to qualify for exemption, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. >>>
The deal to buy Vanguard will expand Tenet's footprint to 30 markets across 16 states. Charlie Martin, Vanguard's founder, chairman, and CEO, will join Tenet's board of directors, and Keith Pitts, Vanguard's vice chairman, will serve Tenet as vice chairman. >>>
A U.S. House subcommittee's review of proposals to improve the Medicare program focuses on three recommendations, but simultaneously restructuring the benefit design, maintaining the average value of benefits, and producing Medicare savings will not be simple. >>>
Almost all the growth in Medicare in recent years has been accrued to Medicare Advantage. Now health systems and hospitals are considering collaborating with an insurer or developing their own Medicare Advantage plans. >>>
Two decades of declining firearm-related injuries in California is good news for population health, but the costs of treating patients who have been shot have risen drastically. >>>
Though considerable uncertainty still surrounds recent government healthcare reform, executives at Sierra Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital are taking a proactive approach to mitigate continued reductions in government payor reimbursements.
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