In this analysis of almost 12 million Medicare recipients that had been hospitalized, 20% were re-admitted within 30 days, and 34% were re-admitted within 90 days; 67% of medical patients were either readmitted or died within a year. Of those re-admitted within 30 days, half did not have evidence of having seen a physician since discharge. This emphasizes the shocking prevalence of readmission rates for Medicare patients, and highlights the need for continued emphasis of safe transitions of care (abstract).
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]
Yeah, I know the headline drew you in. I sleuthed ya—but I have a reason. A study out in BMJ today, and its timing is uncanny given the immigration ban we are now experiencing. First, to declare my priors. I will take an IMG to work by my side any day of the week. You need […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not updated its rules (“conditions for participation”) for nursing homes in twenty-five years. Late last year they finally did. Many of the changes will have an impact on the daily lives of NH residents but are far removed from hospital medicine. Think a resident’s ability to […]