Capsules: Auditors: Medicare Could Save Millions By Limiting Advance Payments To Insurers; Alicia Keys Shines Light On Women And HIV; Sounding An Alarm On Alarms

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Julie Appleby reports on the findings of a government report regarding money Medicare could save by limiting insurers' ability to retain investment earnings on funds they are paid through the prescription drug program: "That's because Medicare prepays the private insurers approximately 20 days before the insurers pay their pharmacy bills and does not require them to return any of the interest they earn while holding that money, says the report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services" (Appleby, 4/16).

Also on Capsules, Diane Webber reports on efforts to focus attention on women and HIV: "One in 32 African American women in the United States is likely to be diagnosed with HIV in her lifetime. 'One in 32, think about that,' said singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistic at an event Monday" (Webber, 4/15).

In addition, Alvin Tran reports on a sentinel event alert issued by the Joint Commission regarding alarm fatigue: "In their latest Sentinel Event Alert, issued April 8, the commission highlighted the dangers that result when doctors and other health professionals develop 'alarm fatigue' or become desensitized and immune to alarm sounds set off by medical devices used for monitoring and treating patients" (Tran, 4/15). Check out what else is on the blog.

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