Medicare Advantage plans exaggerate patient conditions; UC Davis receives grant to shorten medical school;

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> Many Medicare Advantage health plans routinely exaggerate their enrollees' morbidity in order to collect larger payments, the Center for Public Integrity reported.

> The University of California received a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association in order to cut medical school training from the traditional four years to three, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> About a third of all hospice patients drop out of care before they die, raising questions about the quality of care being delivered and the financial incentives driving the hospice system, The Washington Post reported. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has long used venous thromboembolism (VTE) rates to determine hospital care quality, but a report finds this measure may not indicate care quality, according to Anesthesiology News. Article

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> While an official with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT provided an overview of a forthcoming interoperability roadmap at a virtual meeting of the agency's health IT policy committee on Wednesday, committee members raised concerns that perhaps the aim of the agency's effort is too broad. Article

And finally...Woman uses CPR to revive pet lizard. Article