" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "
April 10, 2013
Approval Seen For Obama Health Care Nominee
Republican lawmakers are
heaping praise on a former nurse picked by President Barack Obama to run
Medicare and Medicaid, and also oversee his health care law. If the Senate
confirms Marilyn Tavenner, as expected, it may be the closest thing to a truce
in the nation's political wars over health care.
A State-by-State Comparison
Health-care spending in the
U.S. averaged $6,815 per person in 2009. But that figure varies significantly
across the country, for reasons that go beyond the relative healthiness, or
unhealthiness, of residents in each state
$5.6B in Medicare payment cuts for FY2014
President Barack Obama's
highly anticipated fiscal 2014 budget released Wednesday proposes $5.6 billion
in Medicare payment cuts for that year and about $400 billion in total federal
healthcare savings over the next decade.
In a news conference at the
White House, the president called his budget-which aims to reduce the deficit by
nearly $1.8 trillion over 10 years and would eliminate the sequester cuts-"a
fiscally responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth." He also
described the budget's Medicare cuts as ways to reduce the cost of healthcare
without shifting those costs to beneficiaries. The budget would derive much of
the $5.6 billion in fiscal 2014 Medicare savings from $3.1 billion it expects to
save by adopting a Medicaid drug-rebate program for the dual-eligible
Some fear EHR
meaningful use is too much, too soon for doctors
A new report shows the
range of electronic health record use by state. But some experts worry if rapid
adoption could compromise safety and efficiency.
Even before requirements
for the second stage of the federal electronic health record incentive programs
were finalized, many in the health care industry expressed concern that the
promise of a bonus check was pushing some physicians to move too quickly with
their transitions from paper.
| Essential Elements for
Excellence in ASC Infection Control Programs
associated infections (HAIs) have long been considered a hospital problem, but
with 75 percent of surgical procedures in the United States being performed on
an outpatient basis, ASCs need to address the issue of HAIs as well. HAIs are
responsible for 1.7 million deaths per year, one-third of which are preventable.
ASCs are built on the reputation of being a superior option to hospitals and if
this is the case ASCs must not only meet, but exceed hospital standards for
MD, managing director of Navigant Consulting and leader of clinical and
operational effectiveness, and TK Miller, MD, associate professor of surgery at
Virginia Tech/Carillion School of Medicine and medical director of Roanoke
Ambulatory Surgery Center and Carillion Outpatient Surgery, discuss 10 tips for
ASCs to build and implement a standardized infection prevention
Doctors Driven to Bankruptcy
many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are
buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy.
a trend that's accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with
potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients. Some physicians are
still able to keep practicing after bankruptcy, but for others, it's a
career-ending event. And when a practice shuts its doors, patients can find it
harder to get the health care they need nearby.
11 bankruptcy filings by physician practices have spiked recently, noted Bobby
Guy, co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's health care committee, who
tracks bankruptcy trends tied to distressed businesses. Guy said there were at
least eight filings in recent weeks, which he said was "very
Talking Cure for Health Care
It's something patients
have grumbled about for a long time. Doctors are rude. Doctors don't listen.
Doctors have no time. Doctors don't explain things in terms patients can
It's a familiar litany. But
here's what is new: The medical community is paying attention.
That lack of communication,
after all, isn't just frustrating for patients. It can hurt the quality of care,
drive up costs and increase the risk of lawsuits. And under new Medicare rules,
providers won't get as much money if they rack up poor patient-satisfaction
scores or too many preventable readmissions.
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