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Hackers Hold Hollywood Hospital’s Computer System Hostage

Demand $3.6 Million As Patients Transferred

By Vincent Lanaria

Hackers have taken the computer system of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center hostage, demanding 9,000 Bitcoin or $3.6 million.

The Southern California hospital is a victim of ransomware, and it has been down for over one week as it recovers from the attack.

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Study raises doubts that bundled payments cut costs

Many CMS models have yet to reduce spending

By Ron Shinkman

Bundled payments have been touted as a potential savior for keeping soaring healthcare costs in check, but a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has raised early doubts about some of the initiatives being undertaken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Federal Health Care News – March 11, 2016

By info@federalhealthcarenews.com

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to test new models to improve how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs and supports physicians and other clinicians in delivering higher quality care. Medicare Part B covers prescription drugs that are administered in a physician’s office or hospital outpatient department, such … Continue reading Federal Health Care News – March 11, 2016

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MedPAC issues March report to Congress – March 16, 2016

By AHA News Now

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its March report to Congress. The report details fee-for-service payment recommendations for 2017 approved by the commission in January, including recommendations for hospital services and post-acute care. For more information, see the MedPAC factsheet.

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New Report: Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage Put Seniors’ Coverage at Risk

By Glenn Giese, FSA, MAAA; Josh Sober, FSA, MAAA; Randall Fitzpatrick, FSA, MAAA

Millions of seniors who depend on Medicare Advantage plans could face additional threats to their coverage and benefits if new payment changes recently proposed by CMS take effect next year, according to a new analysis by Oliver Wyman prepared for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Last month, CMS released proposed changes to Medicare Advantage that … Continue reading New Report: Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage Put Seniors’ Coverage at Risk

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Cesarean birth trends: Where you live significantly impacts how you give birth

By Blue Cross Blue Shield: Blue Health Intelligence

The likelihood that an expectant mother will have a cesarean delivery1 is determined in large part by where she lives. An analysis of Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies’ data taken from 3 million deliveries by BCBS commercially-insured members shows that the rate of cesarean deliveries is more than twice as high in some … Continue reading Cesarean birth trends: Where you live significantly impacts how you give birth

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Better Patient Care at High-Quality Hospitals May Save Medicare Money and Bolster Episode-Based Payment Models

By Thomas C. Tsai, Felix Greaves, Jie Zheng, E. John Orav, Michael J. Zinner, and Ashish K. Jha

Researchers looked at how much Medicare pays for five major surgical procedures, from the time patients are admitted to the hospital through  90 days after discharge. Patients who had their surgeries at high quality hospitals—that is, those with low mortality rates and high patient satisfaction scores—were found to cost Medicare less than patients at low-quality … Continue reading Better Patient Care at High-Quality Hospitals May Save Medicare Money and Bolster Episode-Based Payment Models

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2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey

By kff.org

Employer-sponsored insurance covers over half of the non-elderly population; approximately 150 million nonelderly people in total. To provide current information about employer-sponsored health benefits, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) conduct an annual survey of private and nonfederal public employers with three or more workers. This is the … Continue reading 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey

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Study: BPCI hospitals lower Medicare payments for lower extremity joint replacement

By AHA News Now

Average Medicare payments for a lower extremity joint replacement hospitalization and 90-day post-discharge period declined $1,166 more for hospitals participating in the first 21 months of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative than for comparison hospitals that did not participate, according to a study published online today by the Journal of the American Medical … Continue reading Study: BPCI hospitals lower Medicare payments for lower extremity joint replacement

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The Department of Health and Human Services highlighted findings from a few new studies that show Americans are experiencing slower growth in health care premiums, increased access to coverage, and higher quality of care.

By Federal Healthcare News

More Affordable: The average premium for families with employer-sponsored health plans grew just 3.4 percent in 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust survey, extending a period of unusually slow growth since 2010. The White House Council of Economic Advisers calculates that the average family premium is $3,600 lower … Continue reading The Department of Health and Human Services highlighted findings from a few new studies that show Americans are experiencing slower growth in health care premiums, increased access to coverage, and higher quality of care.

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