Saturday, January 30, 2016

Readmissions Revisited

According to Garret Johnson & Zoe Lyon writing for The Incidental Economist on 1.27.16:
While the HRRP < Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program> adjusts for age, sex and comorbidity differences across hospitals, there is now substantial evidence that high readmission rates - especially for medical conditions, as opposed to surgical ones - are driven more by patient factors outside of hospitals' control (e.g. poverty, lack of social supports) than by hospitals' quality of care and discharge planning. Studies show that patients who are poorer, sicker, and of racial minorities are readmitted at higher rates than other patients, which raises concern that the HRRP is simply punishing hospitals for the groups of patients that they serve.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Healthcare Roundtable Announces Winter 2016 Program

TrustBridge Health and FHIcommunications will again partner to produce an End of Life Care panel discussion. The 2016 event will be held on February 23rd. The theme this year is The Conversation Continues.

"CMS is now reimbursing physicians for end of life counseling; meanwhile the value based model is infiltrating the hospice sector and Americans are graying rapidly," stated Jeff Herschler, President of FHIcommunications. "We felt it was very timely and extremely relevant to re-visit the topic in the new year," he added.

Karen Kennedy, DO, Vice President of Medical Affairs, TrustBridge Health has joined the panel. Meanwhile the venue has been announced. The event will take place at:

 550 W Cypress Creek Rd. Ste 550
 Fort Lauderdale , FL 33309

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