Apr 21st, 2017
Sports-related concussions are prevalent on the collegiate level, and many times there isn’t sufficient medical personnel, such as concussion specialists, on the sidelines to handle these type of brain injuries. Enter Telemedicine Doctors at the Mayo Clinic joined up with the Northern Arizona University football team to conduct a study funded by the Mayo Clinic. The study had concussion specialists...
Apr 20th, 2017
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) extended the Medicare-dependent, Small Rural Hospital (MDH) program, but like previous statutes before it, only temporarily. Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the MDH program will no longer be in effect. The Effect on Hospitals The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) explains in the 2018 ...
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Apr 17th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule April 14 that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-term Care Hospitals Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). The proposed changes apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 420 LTCHs and, if finalized, ...
Apr 13th, 2017
Facilities participating in voluntary value-based programs have fewer readmissions than those not-involved, according to a study in AMA’s JAMA Internal Medicine.  The 10-year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, analyzed 30-day readmission rates for patients treated for heart disease and pneumonia in 2,800 hospitals. Study Results “Association Between Hospita...
Apr 11th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a fact sheet to ipmrove understanding of HIPAA’s least-known provision, Administrative Simplification. The FAQ helps explain the three-pronged approach to simplification: electronic transactions, code sets, and unique identifiers. CMS said the fact sheet explains how Administrative Simplification standards streamline day-to-day t...