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.
 


Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
Title: Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC
Title: Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Title: Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Title: Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola 'Free' of the Virus
Title: U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola 'Free' of the Virus
Category: Health News
Created: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes
Title: Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 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

John Brown “J.B.” Lynch - Columbia Daily Herald

John Brown “J.B.” Lynch
Columbia Daily Herald
The family will visit with friends on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. A funeral service to celebrate Dr. Lynch's life will be held at 12:00 p.m. A ... J.B. continued ...

Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:41 am CDT

US journalist leaves hospital after Ebola recovery - Roanoke Times

US journalist leaves hospital after Ebola recovery
Roanoke Times
Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit around 9 a.m. He spent several hours meeting with staff ...

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Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:10 pm CDT