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April 10, 2013

 

  1. Senate Approval Seen For Obama Health Care Nominee

  2. Healthcare Costs: A State-by-State Comparison
  3. Budget includes $5.6B in Medicare payment cuts for FY2014
  4. Some fear EHR meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors
  5. 10 Essential Elements for Excellence in ASC Infection Control Programs
  6. Doctors driven to bankruptcy
  7. The Talking Cure for Health Care
Senate Senate Approval Seen For Obama Health Care Nominee 

 

Republican lawmakers are heaping praise on a former nurse picked by President Barack Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid, and also oversee his health care law. If the Senate confirms Marilyn Tavenner, as expected, it may be the closest thing to a truce in the nation's political wars over health care.

 

Kaiser Health News

healthcareHealth-Care Costs: A State-by-State Comparison
  

Health-care spending in the U.S. averaged $6,815 per person in 2009. But that figure varies significantly across the country, for reasons that go beyond the relative healthiness, or unhealthiness, of residents in each state

 

Wall Street Journal 
  
budgetBudget includes $5.6B in Medicare payment cuts for FY2014   

 

  

President Barack Obama's highly anticipated fiscal 2014 budget released Wednesday proposes $5.6 billion in Medicare payment cuts for that year and about $400 billion in total federal healthcare savings over the next decade.

 

In a news conference at the White House, the president called his budget-which aims to reduce the deficit by nearly $1.8 trillion over 10 years and would eliminate the sequester cuts-"a fiscally responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth." He also described the budget's Medicare cuts as ways to reduce the cost of healthcare without shifting those costs to beneficiaries. The budget would derive much of the $5.6 billion in fiscal 2014 Medicare savings from $3.1 billion it expects to save by adopting a Medicaid drug-rebate program for the dual-eligible population.

 

Modern Healthcare

SomeSome fear EHR meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors

 

A new report shows the range of electronic health record use by state. But some experts worry if rapid adoption could compromise safety and efficiency.

 

Even before requirements for the second stage of the federal electronic health record incentive programs were finalized, many in the health care industry expressed concern that the promise of a bonus check was pushing some physicians to move too quickly with their transitions from paper.

 

amednews.com

Essential Essential Elements for Excellence in ASC Infection Control Programs
 

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) have long been considered a hospital problem, but with 75 percent of surgical procedures in the United States being performed on an outpatient basis, ASCs need to address the issue of HAIs as well. HAIs are responsible for 1.7 million deaths per year, one-third of which are preventable. ASCs are built on the reputation of being a superior option to hospitals and if this is the case ASCs must not only meet, but exceed hospital standards for infection prevention.

 

Chuck Peck, MD, managing director of Navigant Consulting and leader of clinical and operational effectiveness, and TK Miller, MD, associate professor of surgery at Virginia Tech/Carillion School of Medicine and medical director of Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center and Carillion Outpatient Surgery, discuss 10 tips for ASCs to build and implement a standardized infection prevention program.

 

Becker's ASC Review

DoctorDoctors Driven to Bankruptcy 

 

As many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy.

 

It's a trend that's accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients. Some physicians are still able to keep practicing after bankruptcy, but for others, it's a career-ending event. And when a practice shuts its doors, patients can find it harder to get the health care they need nearby.

 

Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by physician practices have spiked recently, noted Bobby Guy, co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's health care committee, who tracks bankruptcy trends tied to distressed businesses. Guy said there were at least eight filings in recent weeks, which he said was "very unusual."  

 

CNN Money

Talking The Talking Cure for Health Care

 

It's something patients have grumbled about for a long time. Doctors are rude. Doctors don't listen. Doctors have no time. Doctors don't explain things in terms patients can understand.

It's a familiar litany. But here's what is new: The medical community is paying attention.

 

That lack of communication, after all, isn't just frustrating for patients. It can hurt the quality of care, drive up costs and increase the risk of lawsuits. And under new Medicare rules, providers won't get as much money if they rack up poor patient-satisfaction scores or too many preventable readmissions.  

 

The Wallstreet Journal 

 

 

 

 

 


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