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2012-04-03 20:11:30

Vanderbilt study provides warning against spending cuts for certain patient populations Higher-spending hospitals do have better outcomes for their emergency patients, including fewer deaths, according to a Vanderbilt study released as a working paper through the National Bureau of Economic Research. Vanderbilt's John Graves, Ph.D., assistant professor of Preventive Medicine, along with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University, examined Medicare...

2012-04-03 06:26:35

PITTSBURGH, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Three large providers of Medicare Advantage services have contracted with marketing and health care compliance technology firm HealthPlanCRM in preparation for the 2013 Medicare Advantage annual enrollment cycle. SCAN Health Plan of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Universal American of Texas now rely on HealthPlanCRM for a wide variety of tools --from time-tested user-friendly mobile applications for Medicare sales agents, to...

2012-03-28 06:26:25

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Noting that sufficient levels of skilled nursing staff are essential to providing high quality care and reducing unnecessary, costly hospital readmissions, the new Spring 2012 Care Context health policy paper released today by the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC), with analytic support from Avalere Health, examines the cumulative negative impact of Medicare and Medicaid payment reductions on nursing facilities (NFs). Reports...

2012-03-22 02:25:35

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Health Solutions, LLC, today announced implementation of their integrated CareAnalyzer and CareConnect applications at Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP), a San Francisco-based health plan affiliated with Chinese Hospital. A new case study is available at dsthealthsolutions.com. When CCHP determined their existing care management system was not meeting their needs, they knew they had to find a solution that could be...

2012-03-16 10:21:43

Home healthcare community urges Washington to undertake action that addresses targeted problems with targeted solutions WASHINGTON, March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today praised the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) recommendation to target waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program. The home healthcare community supports efforts to target abusive billing behaviors, including recommendations to "conduct medical...

2012-03-15 13:37:00

NEW YORK, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The S&P Healthcare Economic Composite Index indicates that the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.21% over the 12-months ending January 2012. This was a decline from the +5.30% annual growth rate posted for December 2011. As measured by the S&P Healthcare Economic Commercial Index, healthcare costs covered by commercial insurance plans increased by 7.05% over the...

2012-03-15 07:00:00

CHICAGO, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A whopping 98 percent of our nation's middle-income retirees state that good health is extremely important to a satisfying retirement, yet many fall short when it comes to implementing a simple step to safeguard their health. That's according to a new study released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement(SM) (CSR). The CSR's Retirement Healthcare for Middle-Income Americans study of 400 pre-Medicare Boomers (age 47 to...

2012-03-14 08:00:00

SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Press Ganey has updated its Value-Based Purchasing Calculator to reflect new federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 methodologies. With this latest release, client hospitals can access an accurate picture of their hospital's performance based on either FFY 2013 or 2014 criteria, and model different scenarios to prioritize improvement opportunities and optimize payment. The 2014 methodology from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

2012-03-13 15:24:00

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some experts predict that Medicare will become insolvent as early as 2016. To meet the fiscal challenge of Medicare, which the Congressional Budget Office has determined to be one of the largest facing our country, Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., (R-Okla.) has introduced the Seniors' Choice Act, which aims to reduce costs through competitive bidding for benefits and increasing cost-sharing by wealthier Americans. Sen. Coburn will...

2012-03-12 14:09:00

DALLAS, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A three-year-long investigation spearheaded by Health Integrity culminated February 28 in the arrest of Dr. Jacques A. Roy on charges of healthcare fraud totaling an estimated $350 million. In addition, services at 78 home health agencies were suspended throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in connection with the case. Roy was indicted February 27 on charges of misrepresentation of services, billing for services not rendered or...