Margins on hospital Medicare business are expected to deteriorate this year, bottoming out at a negative 9% on average, according to a report by the commission that advises Congress on Medicare payments.
A not-for-profit group that works closely with the North Carolina Medicaid agency has developed a data-driven transitional-care program intended to connect the right patients with the resources that are most likely to work.
New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.
Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.
The CMS announced three payment rules that propose increased payments to skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and hospice care, and implemented new quality measures.
The CMS will test whether paying skilled-nursing facilities more will reduce avoidable hospital admissions among their long-term-care residents. Industry stakeholders say the move acknowledges the role of post-acute-care facilities in improving quality of care, something integral to the upcoming...
The American Academy of Family Physicians is asking the CMS to push hospitals to more freely share patients' medical records. It says the current logjam of patient data is causing costly readmissions and putting patients at risk.
Socio-economic factors such as income, race, gender and age can predict whether a patient will be readmitted within 30 days of discharge from a hospital, according to a study.
Fewer patients are returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, and it's not because hospitals are holding patients in observation units instead of admitting them as a means of avoiding penalties, according to new federal data.
If you were alone for Valentine's Day, more than the health of your love life could be at risk. People who have never been married have longer hospital stays and are more likely to return for follow-up care within 30 days of a procedure, studies find.
It's been well documented in the medical literature that hospitals that perform more procedures tend to have better outcomes. While most patients don't have a way to track which are the high-volume centers, the California Healthcare Foundation has done so for Golden State residents.
The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority and low-income Medicare enrollees.