Investing in community-based services by adding them to payment bundles can reduce readmissions and save significant expense, research suggests. >>>
Kentucky experienced the most dramatic change in uninsured hospitalizations: a drop of 13.5 percentage points. States that did not expand Medicaid saw very little change in inpatient payer mix. >>>
Now that Medicare is paying for end-of-life care discussions with patients and families, we are finally beginning to acknowledge that a high quality death should be part of high quality care. >>>
Paid claims were mostly for patient death (32%), "significant" (severely disabling and permanent) physical injury (38%), and "major" physical injury (15%), researchers find. From MedPage Today. >>>
Factors driving physicians to order the imaging studies range from defensive medicine practices, their superior diagnostic accuracy compared with X-rays, and the demand to expedite the discharge of patients, says one researcher. >>>
Telemedicine can alleviate recruitment woes and fill staffing gaps—and it can rein in costs. Banner Health’s total cost of care has dropped 23% since it began using telemedicine, says its VP of care innovation. >>>
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