End of Medicare Bonus Program Will Cut Pay to Primary Care Doctors

Many primary care practitioners will be a little poorer next year because of the expiration of a health law program that has been paying them a 10 percent bonus for caring for Medicare patients. Read More   

Experts Propose Changes to How Infectious Diseases Are Handled

A panel of health experts is calling for sweeping changes to the way infectious disease threats are managed, saying a bungled response by the World Health Organization and others to the West African Ebola epidemic exposed dangerous vulnerabilities. Read More   

Home Health Medicare Spending Steady, Hospice Soars

While younger Medicare beneficiaries are going to the hospital less frequently, older beneficiaries are spending more on skilled nursing and hospice care, leading to some dramatic changes in how the government insurance program for older adults distributes its payments. Read More   

What To Do With All Of This Data

HHS' partnership this month with OptumLabs is likely to add momentum to the push to use big data to lower the cost and improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Read More

CMS Notice Clarifies Actions Taken To Address Isolated ICD-10 Problems

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a notice clarifying actions taken since Oct. 1 to address isolated problems processing ICD-10 codes for certain national or local coverage decisions/policies. Read More   

Experts Foresee Big Premium Increases For Medicare Drug Plan

With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. Read More   

Many Nurses Happy With Pay, Would Still Change Careers

Many U.S. nurses are satisfied with their pay but a lot of them would choose a different job or career path if they could, a new survey suggests. Read More   

Deficiencies in End-of-Life Care Extend Across Ethnicities

Stanford University researchers put that question to members of three major ethnic groups in the San Francisco Bay area and found little variation in their responses. Read More


*Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare. This blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past week.