Posts filed under ‘Healthcare Policy’

A Controversial Topic- End of Life Cost of Care Reduced in Hospice


On average, hospice saves $8,700 (12%) in cost of care per patient during the last year of life. Hospice reduces the need for hospitalizations and intensive care unit stays.

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Continue Reading April 8, 2015 at 11:06 AM Leave a comment

Many Medicare Beneficiaries Seeing Their Needs Unmet, Especially When Care Being Prepaid


One of the most vulnerable patient groups in healthcare are the elderly. Still, there are Medicare beneficiaries reporting needs that are unmet. This includes any care that a patient requires, but does not receive.

Continue Reading April 6, 2015 at 11:32 AM Leave a comment

Compensation Specialists Via Episodic Payments Lowers the Cost of Care, According to Study


Compensating oncologists via episodic payments lowers the cost of care significantly compared to FFS payment.

Continue Reading March 30, 2015 at 3:08 PM Leave a comment

How Many Americans are Skipping Suggested Medical Attention Because of Cost?


Americans are paying more out-of-pocket costs for health care now than any other time in the past decade. At least one out of five Americans from ages 19-64 delays or completely avoids medical attention because of the cost of their deductible and co-insurance.

Continue Reading March 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM Leave a comment

Is the Average Worker’s Earnings Enough to Pay for Healthcare?


Healthcare insurance premiums have increased throughout the past 15 years at a higher rate than inflation or workers’ earnings, which may deter access to the healthcare system for both the workers and their families.

Continue Reading March 26, 2015 at 4:56 PM Leave a comment

2015 Started Out With 89 New ACOs Joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program


89 new ACOs joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program starting January 2015, increasing the total participating ACOs to 424; including the Innovation Center’s 19 Pioneer ACOs. The 89 new Shared Services ACOs added 23,000 additional physicians and other providers to the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s provider network. The Share Services ACOs combined with the Innovation Center’s 19 Pioneer ACOs will serve over 7.8 million beneficiaries.

Continue Reading March 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM Leave a comment

Covered Lives Under ACOs as well as the Number of ACOs is Growing


The number of ACOs rose from Q4 2010 to Q4 2013 from 41 to 606. During that time frame, the number of ACOs’ covered lives grew from 0.2 million to 18.1 million. Will the numbers continue to increase?

Continue Reading March 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM Leave a comment

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