Tag Archives: Medicare

MGMA: Majority of practices say cost of care outweighs Medicare reimbursements

According to recent MGMA Stat Poll, healthcare organizations are struggling with the ever-widening gap between reimbursements and cost of care. Participants were asked whether their practices 2019 Medicare payment rates were above, equal to or below the cost of delivering care. More than two-thirds of medical practices reported that 2019 Medicare payments will not cover… Read More »

The New Old Age: Hospitals Stopped Readmitting So Many Medicare Patients. Did That Cost Lives?

ImageCreditCraig Frazier It was a well-intended policy. Almost all parties agree on that much. A decade ago, when Medicare beneficiaries were discharged from hospitals, one in five returned within a month. Older people faced the risks of hospitalization all over again: infections, deconditioning, delirium, subsequent nursing home stays. And preventable readmissions were costing Medicare a… Read More »

Telehealth laws inhibit widespread use in Medicare population, CMS says

Dive Brief: Restrictions on where Medicare patients can receive telehealth services are limiting use of the technology, CMS said in a report last week to Congress. Under the 21st Century Cures Act, CMS is required to report to Congress on Medicare beneficiaries’ telehealth use. In 2016, nearly 90,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries used slightly more than 275,000… Read More »