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751 Hospitals Hit With Safety Penalties For 2018

By Kaiser Health News

The federal government has cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient injuries this year. Those hospitals will lose 1 percent of Medicare payments over the federal fiscal year, which runs from October through September. Maryland hospitals are exempted from penalties because that state has a separate payment arrangement with Medicare. Below are the … Continue reading 751 Hospitals Hit With Safety Penalties For 2018

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Experts Tell Congress How To Cut Drug Prices.

By Kaiser Health News

The nation’s most influential science advisory group was set to tell Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. pharmaceutical market is not sustainable and needs to change. “Drugs that are not affordable are of little value and drugs that do not exist are of no value,” said Norman Augustine, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, … Continue reading Experts Tell Congress How To Cut Drug Prices.

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FY2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS

By CMS

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, and Request for Information CMS-1677-P On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients … Continue reading FY2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS

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Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates

By Stephen Petterson, PhD; Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH; Yalda Jabbarpour, MD; Peter Wingrove, BS

Greater use of Medicare Advantage (MA) over traditional fee-for-service Medicare (TM) in certain populations, and even across small areas, has been associated with fewer overall hospitalizations and avoidable hospitalizations. Proponents suggest that these associations stem from successful care management, and a focus on preventive services and primary care among MA users. Detractors intimate that selection … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates

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