This large retrospective cohort of Medicare Fee For Service beneficiaries found from 2000 to 2009, fewer patient died in acute care (33% vs 25%), and hospice use at the time of death increased (22% vs 28%) but ICU use in the last month of life increased from 24% to 29%, and the number experiencing a care transition in the last 3 days of life increased from 10% to 14%. Although patients are now more likely to die out of the hospital and in hospice care, they are more likely to utilize ICU care and be transitioned around, shortly before death (abstract).
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“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 […]