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NJ hospital gainsharing initiative saves $113 million

A quality and cost initiative spearheaded by the New Jersey Hospital Association saved a dozen hospitals in the Garden State about $113 million over three years.

Cut prescription drug prices to achieve Medicare savings

Given the recent surge in pricey prescription drugs, lawmakers are calling for Medicare to offer rebates and negotiate prices to reap significant savings, according to a report released Wednesday by advocacy groups the Medicare Rights Center and Social Security Works.

Medicare pilot programs waive three-day admission rule for senior patients

Medicare officials piloting experimental programs across dozens of U.S. hospitals want to know if dropping the requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to the hospital for at least three days can reduce costs and improve care,  Kaiser Health News   reported.

How can we increase colon cancer screening rates?

This is what we know--colorectal cancer screening works. Despite this, screening rates remain problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three adults ages 50 to 75, haven't been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

Seeing the whole problem: An elephant story for fraud fighters

Six blind men lived in a village visited by an elephant. They had no idea what an elephant was, and so they--being curious and bold--decided to touch the animal to find out. (Note to readers: Do not...

Medicare finds a worm in the Big Apple

Oscar Huachillo, a former operator of New York City health clinics, pleaded guilty last week to cheating Medicare out of at least $31 million between 2009 and 2013, the FBI announced....

Proposed physician fee schedule rule a mixed bag for radiology

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and like the healthcare community as a whole, as reported by  FierceHealthcare, it provides somewhat of a mixed bag for radiology.

CMS proposes widespread changes with 2015 physician fee schedule

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which doesn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). 

CMS proposes slight uptick in dialysis payments for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a modest payment bump to hospital dialysis centers for calendar year 2015.

Do Medicare patients benefit from skyrocketing mammo costs?

The costs to Medicare to cover mammography screening skyrocketed in the first decade of the 21 st  Century, according to a study published online July 1 in the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute.