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Aggressive diagnoses and care spark big rise in Medicare sepsis discharges

Aggressive diagnoses and care spark big rise in Medicare sepsis discharges

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 07, 2017

Sepsis was the most common — and costly — inpatient discharge for Medicare in 2015. But experts say sepsis isn't suddenly getting worse. Instead, providers are diagnosing more patients with sepsis sooner to prevent the infection from becoming life-threatening.

Nursing home abuse or neglect often goes unreported, OIG finds

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 28, 2017

More than 1 in 4 cases of abuse or neglect at skilled-nursing facilities are not reported to law enforcement and the CMS fails to identify and report those incidents, according to HHS' Office of Inspector General.

CMS to take final APM snapshot of the year

CMS to take final APM snapshot of the year

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 26, 2017

If providers in Advanced Alternative Payment Models don't meet certain requirements by the end of the month, they'll see a reduction in their Medicare payments in 2019.

Healthcare organizations ask CMS to harmonize EHR requirements

Healthcare organizations ask CMS to harmonize EHR requirements

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 22, 2017

In comments on a proposed MACRA rule, healthcare organizations said they were happy that the CMS eased EHR requirements for the 2018 performance year, but they still want greater flexibility in which EHRs they could use.

Hospitals leery of CMS proposal to pay for joint replacements in ASCs

Hospitals leery of CMS proposal to pay for joint replacements in ASCs

By Harris Meyer  |  August 05, 2017

Many orthopedic surgeons and ambulatory surgery center operators are delighted with the CMS' mid-July announcement that it's considering paying for total knee and hip replacement procedures in outpatient settings. But lots of hospital leaders are not.

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