Medicare Math

… Or How a 2.3 Percent Raise Became a 3 Percent Reduction

At first glance, the FY-2015 revision of the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) appears to offer acute care hospitals a 2.3 percent rate increase beginning this month.


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Medicare Math
Medicare Math

… Or How a 2.3 Percent Raise Became a 3 Percent Reduction

At first glance, the FY-2015 revision of the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) appears to offer acute care hospitals a 2.3 percent rate increase beginning this month.


 


Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Mihir K. Patel, M.D., MSc
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Mihir K. Patel, M.D., MSc

When West Tennessee Gastro hired Mihir Patel, MD, MSc, in July, there was more than a new doctor in the area. Patel’s addition to the gastroenterology staff meant patients would have access to new technology and new treatments.


 
HEALTHCARE LEADER: Sandra Ray
HEALTHCARE LEADER: Sandra Ray

Administrator, Henry County Healthcare Center

Not one to shy away from the unknown, Sandra Ray has taken on many new programs and projects throughout her 30-plus year career.


 


SENIOR HEALTH FOCUS

Surgeons to Patients: Is This Really Necessary?  | William Mihalko, Timothy Fabian, UTHSC, Campbell Clinic
Surgeons to Patients: Is This Really Necessary?

Doctors say sometimes waiting is the best option

Before deciding on whether a surgical procedure is necessary, the patient and surgeon should be discussing a pile of questions that could end up being thick enough to cut with a scalpel.


 

REIMBURSEMENT FOCUS

Reimbursement Revisit | Healthcare Reimbursement, Payment Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, Rob Lazerow, Advisory Board Company, Fee-for-Service, Pay-for-Performance, Bundled Payments, Shared Savings Program, ACOs
Reimbursement Revisit

A Look at payment innovation

While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.


 

Grand Rounds

October 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 


Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Title: Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 am CST

Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors
Title: Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors
Category: Health News
Created: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 am CST

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Title: Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 am CST

Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems
Title: Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems
Category: Health News
Created: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 am CST

'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
Title: 'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
Category: Health News
Created: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 am CST

FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
Title: FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
Category: Health News
Created: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 am CST


An Oregon insurer is adding telehealth for its 52000 members next year - Portland Business Journal (blog)

Portland Business Journal (blog)

An Oregon insurer is adding telehealth for its 52000 members next year
Portland Business Journal (blog)
... if the doc is equipped with those capabilities, or through 24-hour access with Teledoc, a national vendor specializing in virtual care. Teledoc is staffed with doctors who are board-certified in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and ...

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Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:02 pm CST

Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College - Memphis Daily News

Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College
Memphis Daily News
Justin K. Thomas of Thomas Family Law Firm PLC has been named a Super Lawyer in Tennessee by Thomson Reuters. It follows two other honors for Thomas in 2014. He was named a “Family Law Power Player” by Memphis Business Quarterly and a “Top ...

Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:51 pm CST

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general - WMC Action News 5

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general
WMC Action News 5
Murthy, 37, a physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, won confirmation on a 51-43 vote. He's a co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that has pushed for affordable health care and supports ...

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Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 6:12 pm CST