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.
 


Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office
Title: Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals
Title: Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
Title: Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Title: Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Title: Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets
Title: Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST


Two Cents Worth - Columbia Daily Herald

Two Cents Worth
Columbia Daily Herald
Hamada is a specialist in family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He is board certified in ...

Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:41 pm CST

Gilliland Named President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research ... - The Cancer Letter Publications

Gilliland Named President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research ...
The Cancer Letter Publications
Previously, he was an executive at Merck Research Laboratories, a professor of medicine for more than 20 years at Harvard Medical School, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. .... NYU Langone has multiple ambulatory sites throughout the ...

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Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 2:17 pm CST

130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014 - Becker's Hospital Review

130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014
Becker's Hospital Review
Mr. Massey became president and CEO of Westfields Hospital in 2011, and as the system's leader, he provided guidance for the integrations of the hospital, the family practice and the multispecialty clinic located on its campus. Under his leadership ...

Posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:27 am CST