The Important Role Nursing Agencies Play In Aged Home Care

As our population ages, so are the demands on hospitals and rehab centers throughout the country. As we grow older, with health hazards, we may require extended hospitalization. In the last few years, there has been a steady increase in home care services available by nursing agencies providing experienced and qualified nursing staff. The steady … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals. The measure would limit lawmakers’ ability to change or repeal the “Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Act,” which lawmakers passed last year as SB 239. … Continue reading

San Jose Mercury News: New health care law: Hospitals pressured to slash costs, improve quality of care

By Tracy Seipel The new federal health care law is giving millions of uninsured Americans health coverage — and many of them are expected to get long-delayed surgeries and seek other crucial medical care. So why are some hospitals up for sale or desperately seeking to align with others? One reason is that the health … Continue reading

California Healthline: Medicare Briefing Examines Hospital Trend To Observe Rather Than Admit

by David Gorn A briefing last week in Washington D.C. reviewed hospital admissions of Medicare patients following a recent report that some facilities may keep seniors in “observation,” rather than admitting them. A recent report released by AARP challenges what it calls the growing movement by hospitals for observation over admission. The briefing was aired nationally on the … Continue reading

California Healthline: California Hospital Group Proposes Ballot Initiative for Medi-Cal Provider Fee

by Bob Norberg, California Healthline Contributing Reporter   The California Hospital Association on Wednesday filed a ballot initiative for the November 2014 ballot that would set the percentage the state gets from a fee levied on hospitals and designate how the money is to be spent. The action, which required notification to the state Attorney … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Hospitals and insurers struggle to reduce costs by patients dubbed “super-utilizers”

ALEX NABAUM FOR THE WASHINGTON POST – Why a tiny fraction of Americans consumes a giant share of health-care dollars.  By Sandra G. Boodman, A 58-year-old Maryland woman breaks her ankle, develops a blood clot and, unable to find a doctor to monitor her blood-thinning drug, winds up in an emergency room 30 times in six months. … Continue reading

California Health: Readmission Penalties Prompt Hospitals to Improve Follow-Up Care

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

By Chris Richard For every five Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a U.S. hospital, one person returns for within a month. Often, doctors and federal policymakers say, those people could have avoided that second trip to the hospital altogether if only they’d received good follow-up care. Now, pressured by federal penalties for high readmissions, some California … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMS To Cut Reimbursement Rates By Up to 2% for About 2K Hospitals

Beginning Oct. 1, CMS will reduce Medicare reimbursement rates by up to 2% for 2,225 hospitals in 49 states as part of a program designed under the Affordable Care Act to curb hospital readmission rates, according to CMS’ latest data calculations released last week, Kaiser Health News reports (Rau, Kaiser Health News, 8/2). Under the Hospital Readmissions Reductions Program, which … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Hospitals file ballot initiative to protect Medi-Cal pay

Kathy Robertson Senior Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal The California Hospital Association filed a ballot initiative Thursday aimed at ensuring hospital funds intended to pay for care provided to Medi-Cal patients are not diverted by lawmakers for other purposes. About 800,000 signatures will be needed to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot. If approved … Continue reading

SacBee: Doctors, hospitals, unions push to stop Medi-Cal cuts

By Annalise Mantz Published: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 – 7:54 am Thousands of doctors, nurses, unionized health care workers and Medi-Cal patients flocked to the Capitol on Tuesday to protest possible cuts to the Medi-Cal program. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget calls for a 10 … Continue reading

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