Nursing homes in California often evict patients; Uncompensated care in Missouri soars;

News From Around The Web

> Nursing homes in California often refuse to take back patients after they need hospitalization, primarily because they are enrolled in Medicaid and may have behavioral issues, NPR reported. That has led to legal action both against the facilities and the state of California. Article

> Uncompensated care in Missouri, which has not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, has risen 469 percent between 2004 and 2014, according to an annual report by the Missouri Hospital Association. Report (.pdf)

> Hospitals must take action now to become more efficient in order to prepare for any changes in healthcare delivery that may be connected to the 2016 election, a blog post in The Hill has argued. Article

Provider News

> New research discounts the theory that hospitals were able to reduce readmissions and avoid federal financial penalities by increasing observation status admissions. The Department of Health and Human Services touted the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine as evidence that the Affordable Care Act has cut preventable readmissions. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Population health and patient engagement continue to be the biggest drivers for hospital IT purchasing plans, according to a new report published by peer60. Data security also is a high priority for provider organizations in 2016, despite ranking near the bottom of health IT leaders' wish lists for 2015. Article

And finally... Bald man wanted in series of Rogaine thefts. Article

 

Suggested Articles

NextGen Healthcare's Rusty Frantz sounded off about hospitals opposing proposed federal data-sharing rules while also sharing data with tech giants.

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry.

It’s an idea that could save Medicare billions of dollars a year, but it would have a major impact on physicians’ revenue.