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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Current West TN Medical News

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.
 


Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds
Title: Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 am CDT

As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study
Title: As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 am CDT

'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder
Title: 'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder
Category: Health News
Created: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children
Title: Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children
Category: Health News
Created: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say
Title: Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say
Category: Health News
Created: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones
Title: Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones
Category: Health News
Created: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00 am CDT


FedEx Predicts Increase in Holiday Deliveries - Memphis Daily News

FedEx Predicts Increase in Holiday Deliveries
Memphis Daily News
God bless his family.” Last year, the school retired Bramlett's No. 64 jersey. A linebacker out of Humes High School in Memphis, Bramlett played for legendary coach Billy J. Murphy for four seasons at the U of M (1959-62). A speedy and intense player ...

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Posted Friday, October 24, 2014 3:39 pm CDT

Hilton Data Center, Land Sold For $3.7 million - Memphis Daily News

Hilton Data Center, Land Sold For $3.7 million
Memphis Daily News
HLT Memphis Data LLC, which is affiliated with Hilton Hotels Corp., sold the 35,000-square-foot mixed-use office building and vacant land to F9 Memphis LLC, according to an Oct. 22 warranty deed. The buyer, F9 Memphis LLC, is affiliated with Charlotte ...

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Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:13 pm CDT

New book 'The Lost Tribe of Coney Island' uncovers a wild, lost moment in ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Commercial Appeal

New book 'The Lost Tribe of Coney Island' uncovers a wild, lost moment in ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal
It began as a respectable attraction, dignified as an exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair, but turned into a shocking sideshow that gave Memphis a starring role as host to a tribe of headhunting, dog-eating “savages.” Few modern Memphians are aware of the ...

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Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 8:54 am CDT