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CT scans may be overused for detecting kidney stones
By Sabriya Rice | September 17, 2014
Using an ultrasound rather than a CT scan for patients suspected of having kidney stones could be preferable to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, concludes a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. No significant differences were evident in detecting high-risk diagnoses, serious...
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Reform Update: Medicaid expansion may spread to four more GOP-led states
By Virgil Dickson | September 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Now that Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has received CMS approval for his Medicaid expansion plan, Indiana, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming may be next in line among GOP-led states in seeking a federal green light for their conservative-oriented expansion proposals.
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Hospitals hope for relief from two-midnight purgatory
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The heavily criticized Medicare two-midnight rule involving short inpatient stays has technically been in effect for the past year. But providers, regulators and healthcare observers are not sure the rule will hold up in its current makeshift form.
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Dignity Health teams with SAS for analytics to address Medicare penalties
By Joseph Conn | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dignity Health is jumping into predictive analytics with a new tech partner, analytics firm SAS. Initially, Dignity will be targeting what many other healthcare organizations have been aiming at in a recent wave of projects involving predictive analytics, namely to reduce readmissions subject to...
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Vital Signs
Predictive analytics do more than dodge readmission penalties
By Joseph Conn | August 08, 2014
Predictive analytics systems predate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. But there's always been a shortage of cash to incentivize the data exchange needed to allow such systems to grow and increase their capabilities in healthcare.
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For-profit home health agencies blasted in new analysis
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 04, 2014
For-profit home health agencies had higher Medicare costs per patient while scoring lower in quality performance when compared with not-for-profit firms, a new analysis finds.
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CMS issues final rules for inpatient, hospice payments
By Virgil Dickson and Paul Demko | August 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has finalized a rule that decreases inpatient prospective payment system payments by $756 million overall. Meanwhile, long-term-care hospitals will see payments increase by 1.1%, or approximately $62 million in fiscal 2015, which starts Oct. 1.
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Vital Signs
Not all 30-day readmissions indicate problems, study says
By Sabriya Rice | August 04, 2014
Are all 30-day readmissions really a bad thing? Not necessarily, according to researchers comparing readmission rates among California hospitals. The study found safety net hospitals in the state often had better outcomes on 30-day mortality measures, but were still more likely to face readmission...
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Magazine
Using big data to target preventable readmissions
By Joseph Conn | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Provider organizations are turning to beefed-up predictive analytics tools to reduce their 30-day readmission rates and avoid Medicare penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Magazine
NQF readmissions study not about quality improvement, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding “NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions,” I find it ironic and more than a little telling that the motivation behind this study is not to actually improve quality of care.
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