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.
 


Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Title: Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Title: Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports
Title: ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets
Title: Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Title: Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Title: Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST


The Burning Desire of Texas A&M - ESPN

ESPN

The Burning Desire of Texas A&M
ESPN
The Lazy U ranch, halfway between Amarillo and Wichita Falls in the middle of the Texas Panhandle, has been in his family since 1894. His great-grandfather, J.J. Summers, helped pioneer the Texas-to-Kansas ... Lechner is one of A&M's two honors dorms ...

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Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:17 pm CST

Bryce Young escapes gang violence of Tennessee to lead Ann Arbor Pioneer ... - MLive.com

MLive.com

Bryce Young escapes gang violence of Tennessee to lead Ann Arbor Pioneer ...
MLive.com
To him and his family, it was more important to move closer to his ill grandmother and away from a rising gang violence problem. Hines, 23, was killed on Sept. 1 on the same ... Young's coach at Haywood, Slade Calhoun, brought him in to practice with ...

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Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:59 am CST

Dougherty and Tyler join Wilmington Health practices - Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Dougherty and Tyler join Wilmington Health practices
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Ryan Dougherty (at left) is practicing at Wilmington Health Family Medicine at Porters Neck, 8108-B Market Street in Wilmington. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, then completed his family ...

Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014 8:07 am CST