Tag Archives: affordable care act
May 22nd, 2014 | 0
We understand that navigating the new legislature of the Affordable Care Act (passed in 2010) can be a daunting and confusing process, especially for seniors. Since Medicare is not part of the Healthcare Marketplace established by the ACA, beneficiaries may be unsure of the status of their coverage. In this Infographic, we hope to shed light on some key aspects of what the ACA means for America’s seniors.Continue Reading
November 5th, 2013 | 0
The Affordable Care Act has been the topic of much discussion by many groups in the United States, including seniors. It is important to understand the act to know how the new health care system will work. There are many ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit the elderly.
Those who are on Medicare will have access to myriad services and products at no cost. Screenings for cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, flu shots, and stop-smoking counseling are just a few of the services that require no payment from Medicare recipients.Continue Reading
October 25th, 2013 | 11
With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care), it is crucial for hospitals to prevent readmissions to the best of their abilities. Under new law, hospitals with an unacceptably high level of readmissions within 30 days can result in financial penalties that many hospitals cannot afford to sustain.
So, what is causing hospital readmissions? Why are patients who seemed to be well upon discharge being readmitted?Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013 | 0
Will all the White House messages, the stream of breathless Twitter updates on the number of hits and enrollments, and the press hype surrounding opening day send the uninsured public into panic mode? Will they prompt buyers to consider only the premium and click to enroll ASAP? And why not? For weeks the administration, state exchange officials and supporters of the Affordable Care Act have been telling the public how cheap premiums will be — much cheaper than expected.Continue Reading
June 18th, 2013 | 6
Many have their opinions regarding health care reform in the United States, officially called the Affordable Care Act, and unofficially called Obamacare. There are some enthusiastic supporters of the bill, but many are not pleased with the passage of the legislation and its intended (or unintended) consequences. A look at the positives and negatives can uncover why so many seem disenchanted with this reform.
First, the top two reasons why the Affordable Healthcare Act is made out to be good, and why they are fallacies:Continue Reading
January 9th, 2013 | 0
The nation’s hospitals are now officially on notice that the federal government is looking closely at the kind of care they give—so closely that Medicare will be giving them a financial bonus or a penalty depending on the job they do. At the end of the year, Medicare announced that some 1,500 hospitals received bonuses while about 1,400 got payment reductions. For hospitals treating a lot of Medicare patients, that can mean big bucks for the bottom line, either way.
In the hope of spurring better care—and maybe reducing costs—the Affordable Care Act requires Medicare to judge the quality of care they deliver using measures of care for mostly heart and pneumonia patients, ratings of patient experience, and tracking if patients are readmitted after 30 days. Health experts regard these costly readmissions as preventable failures that occurred somewhere in the chain of care.Continue Reading
October 26th, 2012 | 0
This post originally appeared here: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/4-discharge-tactics-reduce-senior-readmissions and was published by Healthcare Finance News.
In light of the recent Readmissions Reduction Program under the Affordable Care Act, numerous hospitals and medical industry experts are examining new approaches that will decrease the rate of hospital readmissions.
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates $15 billion is spent annually on readmissions for Medicare patients, with $12 billion of that amount being preventable,” said Jeff Huber, president and COO of Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. “This is an issue of significant concern to everyone in the healthcare field. There are a number of simple and cost efficient best practices that healthcare organizations can easily implement as they work to decrease the number of unnecessary senior readmissions.”Continue Reading
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