HCH Monthly

Virtual Doctor Visits Are Getting More Popular, But Questions Remain About Who Pays

Provisions within the federal budget law Congress passed this year expands the use of telemedicine, which could go mainstream within 5 to 10 years. Read more

Study: More Practices Employing Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants 

According to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, more practices are employing nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Read more

The US Can't Keep Up With Demand For Health Aides, Nurses And Doctors

While battling a persistent shortage of skilled workers, the U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new healthcare workers by 2025 to adequately take care of its aging population, a new report finds. Read more

Some Health Care Firms Focus On Empathy To Keep People Healthier

Spurred by changes in how providers get paid, some healthcare businesses have begun to experiment with new ways to keep people healthier and out of the hospital by improving the relationships between medical professionals and patients. Read more

Providers Tell CMS To Explore Telehealth, Care Coordination, Long-Term Care Financing

According to feedback the agency received from providers and groups representing them, CMS is exploring chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing. Read more

CMS Targets $180 Million In Medicare Diabetes Savings

Diabetes is a costly concern in long-term care, and federal officials hope that their diabetes prevention initiative will lead to cutting almost $200 million off the tab. 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 month.