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A study found that Medicare’s bundled payments model for joint replacement could save the government billions of dollars without harming patient care.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
The Medicare program announced it would withhold part of its reimbursements to 769 hospitals and news outlets from various states detail how their facilities fared.
With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency, the policies advanced by the Obama administration will be on the chopping block. Chief among them will be President Barack Obama’s signature health law as well as possible changes to other federal health programs.
Un estudio publicado en la revista JAMA revela que las doctoras suelen tener mejores resultados de salud con sus pacientes, aunque tienen salarios más bajos, y menos beneficios que los hombres.
Such programs offer supervised exercise and counseling to help decrease the risk of future heart attacks, but some patients can’t afford the co-pays and others live too far from such centers.
As part of their efforts to get rid of the health law, Republicans have pledged to overturn all its taxes. But that might hamper their efforts to find a replacement.
The federal government pays for kidney transplants. But the program only pays for essential anti-rejection drugs for three years. Many people can’t afford them and can end up losing the kidney.
However, Rep. Tom Price, who has been nominated to be the secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump administration, is expected to weigh in on this issue, too. Also in Medicare news, a look at a new payment rule designed to reward doctors for coordinating care, an anomaly in coverage of kidney transplants, a nursing home company in Maryland draws scrutiny and new hospital payment details.
Medicare is launching new regulations in January that will provide higher reimbursements for doctors involved in care coordination for seriously ill people.
Medicare reduced payments to 769 hospitals in the program, punishing facilities that have high rates of patient injuries, including infections, blood clots, falls and bed sores. This year, federal officials also added the prevalence of two dangerous bacteria.
A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.
As Medicare considers paying for knee replacement procedures outside the hospital, doctors debate patient choice and the potential for post-operation complications.
Hospitals rarely help patients find the best nursing home. When they do advise, hospitals sometimes push their own facilities.
Older patients who were treated in the hospital by women physicians were less likely to die or be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, according to a new study.
Opinion writers speculate on what’s next in terms of the nation’s health policy.
The inspector general’s report shows that beneficiaries getting heart stents in the hospital pay on average $645 less than those getting them in outpatient facilities. It says Medicare needs to review how its billing rules distinguish between inpatient and outpatient hospital stays. Also, an analysis of Medicare’s decision to kill a controversial test to lower the payments for drugs administered by doctors in outpatient settings and one senator hears from constituents about concerns over Medicare funding.
Opinion and editorial writers address a range of health policy issues.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
The program, designed to help reduce Medicare’s drug costs, led to a public backlash that included strong opposition from doctors and drug companies. Also Thursday, federal officials announced an experiment for a Medicare-Medicaid accountable care organization.