Are Dual-Eligible Demos Succeeding? GAO Says it Will Be Hard to Tell
The CMS needs to do a better job overseeing the 12 state-administered demonstration programs intended to improve care of people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
AHA Issue Brief Looks at Bundled Payment Initiatives
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Bundled Payment for Care Improvement and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiatives will be important tests of how well Medicare bundled payment efforts can encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to coordinate care to lower spending and improve quality and the patient experience, according to an
issue brief released today by the AHA.
Retreat to Focus on Programs to Improve Communication, Resolution of Adverse Events
The Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation will sponsor a Feb. 18-19 retreat for health care leaders on how to establish an effective communication and resolution program for adverse events.
New Guidelines Nudge Doctors on Giving Patients Access to Medical Records
The Obama administration is tearing down barriers that make it difficult for patients to get access to their own medical records, telling doctors and hospitals that in most cases they must provide copies of these records within 30 days of receiving a request.
MedPAC Tweaks to Medicare Advantage Rules Could Save Up to $5 Billion
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted Thursday to pass recommendations that would change how Medicare Advantage plans are paid, potentially saving the CMS $5 billion.
Long-Term Care Background Check Program Off to Slow Start, OIG Says
A federal initiative that provides states with grants to implement background check programs is off to a sluggish start, according to a new government report.
What's Right-and Wrong-With Health Care's Measurement Movement
When it comes to quality measurement, "we're hitting the targets, but missing the point," Robert Wachter, interim chair of the University of California-San Francisco's department of medicine, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.
Number of Americans Living Past 100 Jumps 44%
The number of American centenarians - people who live past 100 years old - has increased by 44% since 2000, according to federal health officials.
*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.