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.
 


After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
Title: After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Playing the Field May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: Study
Title: Playing the Field May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs, Study Says
Title: Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
Title: Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
Title: FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Title: Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Category: Health News
Created: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Memphis' Edge District will get new health care practice, CrossFit - Memphis Business Journal

Memphis Business Journal

Memphis' Edge District will get new health care practice, CrossFit
Memphis Business Journal
Currently an associate professor with UT Family Medicine in Jackson, Tennessee, Draper is the son of Gary and Cathy Draper, who have operated Draper's Catering in the Memphis area for 25 years. He opened the practice in Jackson, where he has ...

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 2:02 pm CDT

Seneca Casino expands free health office services to spouses - Buffalo Business First

Seneca Casino expands free health office services to spouses
Buffalo Business First
The health office provides access to such services as immediate and preventive services at no cost by health providers from Niagara Family Medicine. Employees enrolled in the company-sponsored health plan can receive such services as flu vaccinations, ...

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Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Series of creationism lectures set for weekend - Newton Daily News

Series of creationism lectures set for weekend
Newton Daily News
He has a degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and doctorate in anatomy and neurobiology from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennesse in Memphis. Harrub authored the book “Convicted: A Scientist Examines the Evidence for ...

Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:26 am CDT