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Healthcare Headlines: August 2017

By Kindred Healthcare

Healthcare Pricing Falls To Lowest Growth Rate In A Year

Prices across hospitals and in other healthcare sectors rose just 1.6% in May compared to a year ago, which is the slowest rate of increase since June 2016.Read more

Health Insurers Try Paying More Upfront To Pay Less Later

Some health plans are beginning to offer free maintenance care for people with chronic health problems, hoping that spending a little more early on will save a lot of money in the long run.Read more

Drop In Repeat Hospitalizations Not Linked To Higher Death Rates

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals receive financial incentives to reduce the number of patients readmitted within 30 days of going home, a policy designed to reward higher quality care.Read more

A Provocative Claim: End-of-Life Care Accounts For Only 'Modest Share' Of Medical Spending, Study Says

Though end-of-life care is often viewed as a significant contributor to U.S. health care spending, medical spending incurred during individuals' last 12 months of life accounted for a smaller share of total medical spending when compared with other countries, according to a new study.Read more

By Kindred Healthcare