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Whistleblowers allege that AseraCare improperly channeled people to gain maximum Medicare reimbursements. In a separate suit, federal attorneys say the company pressured employees to enroll patients in hospice who weren’t dying.
Federal officials are seeking to make sure patients get the care they need after discharge. But the new policy is likely to disproportionately affect hospitals that treat the most low-income patients, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.
As Medicare prepares to factor patient ratings into reimbursements, hospitals everywhere are pulling out the stops to please. Some of the nation's most prestigious hospitals are struggling to appease their exacting patients.
Publication of the new Medicare data on HHS website is a step in the government's plan to link payments to quality.
Young adults, Hispanics fare better but Asians worse.
The Veterans Health Administration has long used approaches Medicare is pushing on all hospitals to cut unnecessary readmissions. But new data show VA hospital patients are just as likely to end up back in a hospital bed.
The federal health care program also wants to pay less to hospitals with higher-than-average costs for patient care.
Within a few weeks of a shutdown of Medicare and Medicaid money, health care providers could be in financial trouble. No one knows how to plan for it.
Only 20 percent of people believe consumer protections will get better under the law.
Although the benefit is intended for patients who have no more than six months to live, 19 percent now receive hospice services for longer.