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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals: ...Read More

 



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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals | Louisiana Hospital Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Partnership for Patients initiative, Hospital Engagement Network, Ken Alexander, Michelle Smith, quality improvement specialists
Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals:


 
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue | Code 99490, CMS, eQHealth, chronic disease management, Medicare, reimbursement
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue

A new reimbursement code for chronically ill Medicare patients could allow the typical primary care physician to bill an estimated $250,000 a year.


 
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By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer | Cancer, Oncology, Cancer Death Rates, Mortality Rates, American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, Lung Cancer, Breast, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Margaret Foti, Julie Fleshman, John Seffrin, Precision Medicine Initiative
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer

Death rates down, more work awaits

As the ‘official sponsor of birthdays,’ the American Cancer Society (ACS) found a reason to rejoice in their latest report – Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.


 
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Personalized Messaging

A marketing manifesto

With better understanding of the human genome, physicians and researchers have opened up exciting new lines of personalized medicine where providers deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy and tailor treatments to fit a patient’s unique needs.


 
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PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Teresa King

Working Like a Dog

Dr. Teresa King has always been an animal lover. Growing up, she rode and showed horses as a hobby.


 
In The News

March 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Access Improves for Latinos, But Key Age Group Left Behind
CDC data shows the numbers of uninsured are at their lowest point in 15 years. But research reveals that efforts to improve access to healthcare to a key portion of the Latino population have failed. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:25 am CDT

Dealing with Drug Diversion

Leaders must first acknowledge that their organization is at risk, and then devise and implement programs to address staff who steal pharmaceuticals.

Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:24 am CDT

Two CT hospitals could be out of network soon for UnitedHealthcare customers

People who have UnitedHealthcare insurance could face more expensive, out-of-network rates at Hartford Hospital and the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, or they'll have to seek care elsewhere, if the health system and insurer don't resolve a contract dispute by April 14. Hartford HealthCare, parent company of both hospitals, is planning to send 16,883 notices later this week to UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans customers who have been patients recently at one of the two hospitals. UnitedHealthcare spokeswoman Maria Gordon-Shydlo said about 13,500 of the insurer's customers visited one of the two hospitals in the past year. The insurer has about 475,000 customers in Connecticut. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:46 am CDT

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Physician Owned Distributorships, What You Should Know
A False Claims Act case brought by the Department of Justice highlights the importance of these arrangements. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 pm CDT

Ten Online Health Resources to Recommend to Patients
Are your patients relying too much on inaccurate information from Dr .Google? Here are some resources to steer them in a better direction. Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:00 am CDT

Strategies for Dealing with Value-Based Modifiers
Value-based reimbursement programs have arrived. Physicians can react with frustration or adjust their practices to meet the new metrics for payment. Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:00 pm CDT

Senators reject push to restore Medicaid funding
Senators on Thursday rejected an amendment that backed restoring more than a trillion dollars to Medicaid.Senators voted 47-53 on the proposal, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) broke rank and voted with Democrats.... Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:03 pm CDT

OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Huge win for 'doc fix' deal pressures Senate
Attention is turning to the Senate after the House resoundingly passed legislation to end a long-running dispute over a formula for paying doctors known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).The Senate has about 24 hours to pass the bill in order to... Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:00 pm CDT

The 37 lawmakers who opposed Medicare deal
A bipartisan deal to repeal automatic cuts to Medicare payments for doctors sailed through the House on Thursday, with only a small group of lawmakers opposing it.The House approved legislation that would repeal a formula for Medicare known as the... Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:37 pm CDT