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Data Points for Dec. 14, 2015

Data Points for Dec. 14, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 12, 2015

Data Points for the week of Dec. 14, 2015, covered the following topics: Mass shootings, healthcare costs, ebola, contraceptive coverage and breast cancer screening

Best Practices: How nursing homes can reduce antibiotic use

Best Practices: How nursing homes can reduce antibiotic use

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 07, 2015

When a MRSA outbreak affecting at least 22 patients and employees at the Park Manor Nursing Home was confirmed in the summer of 2006, the medical director didn't know where to begin, but a spreadsheet on antibiotic use helped put the problem into sharp focus.

Quality gains, cost reductions make strong case for the modern house call

Quality gains, cost reductions make strong case for the modern house call

By Dr. Glen Stream  |  October 31, 2015

As medicine continues to make huge strides with technology as its partner, we often forget that physicians remain at the center of medicine, and patients are at the center of physician practices. This brings us to an old practice that is becoming new again: the house call.

Rehab care reimbursement under renewed fire from OIG

Rehab care reimbursement under renewed fire from OIG

By Melanie Evans  |  October 03, 2015

A majority of frail Medicare patients who enter nursing homes in need of rehabilitation therapy now receive higher-paying intensive therapy before they leave, a major shift from just years ago, despite no evidence that such therapy is needed. The shift makes the rehab arena an attractive target for...

Best Practices: Building better supports for dementia

Best Practices: Building better supports for dementia

By Maureen McKinney  |  September 26, 2015

CareMore, a Medicare Advantage plan headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., has seen significant safety gains and fewer ER visits with its team-based Brain Health program for dementia patients and their caregivers.

Data Points for Sept. 28, 2015

Data Points for Sept. 28, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 26, 2015

Data Points for the week of Sept. 28, 2015, covered the following topics: Senior citizens, Medicaid costs, the toll of overtime on nurses and heart attacks.

Editorial: When it comes to care, there's no place like home

Editorial: When it comes to care, there's no place like home

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 18, 2015

Most senior citizens will fight fiercely to remain in their own homes, often well beyond their physical or even mental capacity to take care of themselves. A recent ACA-initiated demonstration program suggests there may be savings for Medicare if that's where seniors receive care.

Is Medicare's star rating fair to plans serving dual-eligibles?

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 11, 2015

Health plan leaders and policy experts this week will examine whether the CMS' star-rating system is a fair way of evaluating the performance of Medicare Advantage plans that serve a large share of people who are dually eligibly for Medicaid and Medicare.

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