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.
 


More Children in the U.S. Are Getting Type 1 Diabetes
Title: More Children in the U.S. Are Getting Type 1 Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
Title: CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
Title: E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Title: Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Title: Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Title: Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST


Former U of L executive pleads guilty to tax fraud, embezzlement - Louisville Business First

Former U of L executive pleads guilty to tax fraud, embezzlement
Louisville Business First
The former executive director of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a seven count federal indictment, including charges of theft, bribery ...

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Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 2:14 pm CST

Wedding: Grace Ingram & Justin Newman - The Daily Advertiser

Wedding: Grace Ingram & Justin Newman
The Daily Advertiser
He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of Tennessee Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and a fellowship in Neuroradiolory at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Justin currently resides in ... Her ...

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Posted Sunday, December 21, 2014 3:02 am CST

We Don't Have Pets, They Have Us. - Eugene Daily News

We Don't Have Pets, They Have Us.
Eugene Daily News
For people who don't have pets it is often times difficult to understand all of the things pet owners go through to take care of their pets. Now days most of us call them our 4-legged family members or companions. The “owner” term really doesn't apply ...

Posted Monday, December 22, 2014 3:04 pm CST