5 Ways Healthcare Delivery System Has Changed Forever |BHM Joins The Doctor’s Channel

I don’t know if you are familiar with The Doctor’s Channel or not, but The Doctor’s Channel offers free video CME, medical news, and physician education. Featuring insights and opinions from experts in over 50 specialties, as well as community and lifestyle features that help doctors stay on top of the latest news, ideas and information. The time-saving site includes short one- to two-minute streaming video clips designed to get to the point, and allows doctors to learn from each other – fast.

Can Google Make Us Live Forever? What is ‘Google Calico’ and What Does It Have To Do With Modern Healthcare?

You may recall some murmurings last year about a new Google venture cryptically called Calico. In the heyday of 23andMe, Apple’s many health apps and the hefty focus on technology in healthcare, Google wasn’t about to miss out on the hoopla. But just as soon as we started hearing chirps about “Google’s war on aging”, it sunk into the deep obscurity of the web.

7 Ways to Improve Your Readmission Rates

As most of us are aware, readmissions is a hot topic, especially in terms of the penalties assessed for readmission rates which are excessive. What can you do to reduce or eliminate your readmission rates? There has been a lot of talk about readmissions (avoidable), specifically the healthcare costs associated with them and the effects on the quality of patient care being provided. In order to crack down on these avoidable readmissions, CMS created the Readmissions Reduction Program. The premise of the program is to ding hospitals, with higher than average readmissions (readmitted within 30 days of discharge), by assessing penalties against overall Medicare payments. There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding the program, with many criticisms being cited, such as treating all hospitals alike, not accounting for socioeconomic factors, and the way the penalty is calculated.

Are You Ready for 2015 Readmission Penalties?

What are you doing to make sure you are not one of the 66% of hospitals who will be assessed readmission penalties in the next round? Can you afford the penalties which are increasing again in 2015? Are you aware of the proposed conditions to be added in 2015? What do you get when you combine Medicare, high readmissions, within a 30 day window, for specific conditions? A reduction in Medicare spending to the tune of about $280 million annually. Of interest is that penalties were assessed in 49 states, all with the exception of Maryland, who has a unique reimbursement payment system.

9 Criticisms to the Readmission Reduction Program

The Readmission Reduction Program is designed to reduce healthcare spending while improving quality. There are both proponents and opponents of the program. Let’s delve into the improvements that could be made to the current system. So, as most of you are aware, CMS under the direction of HHS created the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in order to reduce healthcare spending while improving the quality of care. The program is being phased in beginning with a 3 year baseline period in which hospitals were required to report all readmissions (within 30 days). CMS assessed and analyzed all of the available readmission data to determine how penalties should be assessed, for which conditions, and excluding certain circumstances. Beginning in October 2012, penalties were assessed to over 2,200 hospitals, equating to about $280 million. The phase in included an increase in penalties from 2013 to 2015 from 1% to 3%, where it is currently capped. Initially, there were 3 conditions included: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia. For 2015, CMS is proposing 2 additional conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Elective Hip and Knee Replacements.

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