Healthcare Headlines: April 2018

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Report Highlights Hospital Quality Improvement Gains

According to the latest report, unplanned hospital readmissions dropped by 70,000 for Medicare Part C patients between 2011 and 2015, avoiding more than $1 billion in healthcare costs. Read more

House Lawmakers Launch Group To Push Value-Based Care Policies

The federal government has taken another step forward in the push toward value-based care models and accompanying technologies through the creation of a new group of U.S. House of Representatives. Read more

To Curb Overuse Of Low-Value Health Care Services, Engage Older Patients

A new survey asks older patients what they think about the overuse and subsequent wasteful spending of “low-value” healthcare services. Read more

Long-Term Care Costs Could Reach $5.6 Trillion By 2047: Report

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “If population demographics remain similar to what they are today, long-term care funding for these government programs will be increasingly costly to future generations.” Read more

6.6% of those 65+ need help with ADLs, says CDC

Up slightly from findings in 2016, a new report on 2017 data shows that 6.6% of adults aged 65 or more years reported needing help with activities of daily living. Read more

New Docs This Year At Record High

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) announced that a record number of doctors are starting their medical career this year. Read more