The federal government has taken a new step to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients by lowering a year’s worth of payments to nearly 11,000 nursing homes. It gave bonuses to nearly 4,000 others. These financial incentives, determined by each home’s readmission rates, significantly expand Medicare’s effort to pay medical providers based on the quality of care instead of just the number or condition of their patients. Until now, Medicare limited these kinds of incentives mostly to hospitals, which have gotten used to facing financial repercussions if too many of their patients are readmitted, suffer infections or other injuries, or die. “To some nursing homes, it could mean a significant amount of money,” said Thomas Martin, director of post-acute care analytics at CarePort Health, which works for both hospitals and nursing homes. “A lot are operating on very small margins.” The new Medicare program is altering a … [Read more...] about Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital
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Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Published 8:44 am PDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Photo: Nati Harnik, AP Day 88 - On Trump's accomplishments The quote: "No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days."Date: April 18, 2017Who said it: President Donald TrumpPolitifact truth rating: FalseWhy: Historians agree that other presidents have accomplished much more in their first 100 days, including Barrack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt.Source: Politifact less Day 88 - On Trump's accomplishments The quote: "No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days." … [Read more...] about Fact-Checking President Trump’s USA Today op-ed on ‘Medicare-For-All’
For Eagle County resident Bobby Bank, the cost of health insurance is incomprehensible. Bank, like many Coloradans who live in the mountains, faces some of the highest health insurance premiums in the country. “Everyone in Colorado should pay the same price,” he said. “I should be able to buy the insurance you get.” So it’s with keen interest that he and others are watching the state’s gubernatorial race, in which both candidates — Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis — have pledged to bring down health care costs. While many issues separate the candidates, the starkest contrast may be in their approaches to improving the health care system. One of Polis’ marquee campaign promises has been establishing universal coverage for Coloradans. A longtime supporter of “Medicare for all,” Polis is among a handful of Democrats across the country running on such a promise. The Democrat … [Read more...] about “Medicare for all” or “catastrophic” coverage? The stark contrasts between Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates on health care.
Heidi, a 52-year-old mother of two adult children and a caregiver for her mother-in-law, told me what was on her mind at a recent event in Arizona. “I need help,” she said plainly. “My children and I do all that we can for their Grandma, and we never mind spending all the time we can with her. But the finances are overwhelming.” Arizona voters like Heidi will vote in November for governor, state legislative seats, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and more. And in the next 100 days, as candidates continue on the campaign trail, they should heed voices like Heidi’s if they want to win. Why? Because repeatedly it’s been shown that voters age 50-plus are the deciding factor in tight races. Put simply: older voters show up. Dana Kennedy That’s what led to the development of the POLITICO/AARP polling project, called “The Deciders,” which just examined Arizona voters’ concerns. We wanted to inform both office seekers and officeholders what … [Read more...] about Older Arizonans front and center as decision day looms
“Oh my God, we dropped her!” Sandra Snipes said she heard the nursing home aides yell as she fell to the floor. She landed on her right side where her hip had recently been replaced. She cried out in pain. A hospital clinician later discovered her hip was dislocated. That was not the only injury Snipes, then 61, said she suffered in 2011 at Richmond Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Hamlet, N.C. Nurses allegedly had been injecting her twice a day with a potent blood thinner despite written instructions to stop. “She said, ‘I just feel so tired,’” her daughter, Laura Clark, said in an interview. “The nurses were saying she’s depressed and wasn’t doing her exercises. I said no, something is wrong.” Her children also discovered that Snipes’ surgical wound had become infected and infested with insects. Just 11 days after she arrived at the nursing home to heal from her hip surgery, she was back in the hospital. … [Read more...] about Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients