Healthcare Headlines: February 2019

By Kindred Healthcare

HCH Monthly

Community Hospitals Link Arms With Prestigious Facilities To Raise Their Profiles

Many flagship hospitals have signed affiliation agreements with smaller hospitals around the country. The larger hospitals benefit from increased reach while the community hospitals get the brand-name affiliation and access to experts and specialized services. Read more

Primary Care Visits Within 7 Days Of Discharge Linked To Fewer Readmissions

According to a study published in JAMA Network Open, patients who see a primary care physician within one week of a hospital discharge have lower readmission rates. Read more

Healthcare Job Growth, Demand Expected to Remain Strong Through 2019

The trends that drove strong job growth in 2018 show no signs of slowing down in 2019. While a healthy sign for the industry it also could pose problems for recruiting, retention and wage growth. Read more

Stark, Anti-Kickback Rulemaking Underway At HHS

HHS is working to overhaul the Stark Law and anti-kickback regulations as part of the shift toward paying for value. A proposed rulemaking is anticipated sometime this year. Read more

Medicare’s Role in Reducing Senior Poverty

CMS launched a new app, What's Covered app, to provide seniors more information on Medicare coverage across different healthcare facilities and doctor offices. Read more