Business Groups Bemoan Medicare’s ‘Step Backward’ On Payments Based On Value
The Trump administration’s decision last week to slow down efforts to move to bundled payments for some surgeries has raised concerns. Also, Stat looks at the new Medicare information on hospices
Despite Advance Directive, Dementia Patient Denied Last Wish, Says Spouse
Oregon court says Alzheimer’s patient Nora Harris must be spoon-fed. But her husband says she never wanted to live like this.
First Edition: August 18, 2017
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
Medicare Unveils ‘Skeletal’ Site For Hospice Comparison Shopping
This is the first federal website designed to help families choose a hospice, but experts aren’t impressed.
Many Still Sidestep End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds
Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive in the event that they are unable to make their own decisions about life-sustaining medical treatments.
The Next ‘Catastrophic’ Superbug To Worry About Is Perfect Storm Of Scary Characteristics
Scientists are eyeing the invasive fungus warily. In other public health news: gonorrhea, autism, marijuana and DUIs, weight loss, contraception and more.
Research Roundup: Early Hospice Discharges Turn Profits; Integrating Mental Health Care
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Medicare’s Financial Outlook Slightly Improved, Trustees Say
The assessment pushes back the date for the hospital insurance trust fund to go bankrupt by one year. It also says Part B premiums next year will be stable.
Millions Of Kids Fall Outside Senate Plan To Shield Disabled From Medicaid Cuts
The Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce federal funding for Medicaid, but senators want to keep current funding levels for children who are blind or have other disabilities. Their proposal, however, would not apply to the majority of those kids.
Feds To Collect More Than $53M From Genesis HealthCare To Settle False Medicare Claim Charges
The nursing home operator strikes a settlement with the Justice Department to end six federal lawsuits and investigations of allegations that the company submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary therapy, hospice service and substandard care.
Perspectives: Medicaid Costs And Cuts; Should Doctors March On Washington?
Opinion writers examine a variety of issues related to health system reform and current efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
‘How Long Have I Got, Doc?’ Why Many Cancer Patients Don’t Have Answers
Due to poor doctor-patient communication, most people with advanced cancer don’t know enough about their disease to make vital decisions.
California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Turns 1, But Not All Doctors Have Adopted It
At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.
Influx Of Elderly Patients Forces ER To Practice Comfort Care
Despite a culture clash and lack of time and training, ER doctors see how palliative care averts suffering for elderly patients with serious illnesses.
Perspectives On Obamacare’s Resiliance, The Insurance Market And Access To Care
Editorial writers review the goings on in Washington regarding health policy and the GOP’s repeal-and-replace effort as well as other issues in the health system.
N.C. Medicaid Expansion Bill Seeks To Lend A Hand To ‘Working Adults’
The plan, advanced by four Republicans, faces a tough road in the legislature. Also in Medicaid news, troopers arrest protesters in the Tennessee governor’s office, Connecticut offers long-acting contraceptive options to enrollees after they give birth and enrollees in Oklahoma raise concerns about cutbacks.
Coming Full Circle, Doulas Cradle The Dying
Traditionally there for mothers giving birth, a doula’s role has evolved to comforting seniors facing death.
Hospice Workers Face History Of Neglect In Trying To Overcome African-American Distrust
Stat looks at efforts to tackle the issue of minority access to hospice care as a matter of social justice. In related news stories, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urges doctors to allow patients to drive end-of-life care decisions while researchers study how diet might help ward off Alzheimer’s.