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.
 


Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit
Title: Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
Title: Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Title: Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods
Title: Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods
Category: Health News
Created: 10/18/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
Title: Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds
Title: Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 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

PERSONNEL FILE (Oct. 19) - SunHerald.com

SunHerald.com

PERSONNEL FILE (Oct. 19)
SunHerald.com
Slonaker graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Bosarge graduated from the ... Jorns completed her palliative medicine fellowship and family medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Paul Mullen, Dr.

Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Mary Ann O'Brien, Marywood University - Scranton Times-Tribune

Scranton Times-Tribune

Mary Ann O'Brien, Marywood University
Scranton Times-Tribune
Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Sluck earned his medical degree in 2009 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed a family medicine residency in 2012 at Crozer Keystone, Springfield. Before joining Geisinger, Dr ...

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Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014 3:04 am CDT