100 things to know about Medicare and Medicaid and other healthcare news articles – November 13-19

  Our selection of top healthcare news articles from around the web [INFOGRAPHIC] "7 cities with highest hospital readmission rates" http://t.co/ohlARnRsgk by @beckershr — BESLER Consulting (@BeslerDotCom) November 13, 2014 "#Medicare Spending: Making Sense of the Growth Rates" http://t.co/mcjkUSgLeZ pic.twitter.com/BNVM9A9Nw8 — BESLER Consulting (@BeslerDotCom) November 18, 2014 MedPAC discusses hospital short stay policy | Healthcare […]

2015 HHS OIG Hospital Work Plan Summary

BESLER Consulting has prepared a high level summary of OIG Hospital Work Plan projects for FY 2015. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its fiscal year 2015 Work Plan which took effect Oct. 1, 2014. The Work Plan describes OIG audits, evaluations and certain legal […]

Hospitals hit CMS hard on rationale for IPPS cuts and other healthcare news articles – November 6 – 12

  Our selection of top healthcare news articles from around the web   #Hospitals hit CMS hard on rationale for IPPS cuts – http://t.co/hlmRsOScPW #medicare — BESLER Consulting (@BeslerDotCom) November 6, 2014 U.S. #Medicare sets new #hospital, doctor payments for 2015 | http://t.co/ZDVUncqZhn — BESLER Consulting (@BeslerDotCom) November 7, 2014 “More scrutiny coming for #Medicare […]

Longer hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions and other healthcare news articles – October 30-November 5

  Our selection of top healthcare news articles from around the web Longer #hospital stay equals lower mortality, fewer readmissions – FierceHealthcare http://t.co/0H1bDrLRYJ #medicare — BESLER Consulting (@BeslerDotCom) November 5, 2014 U.S. #Medicare sets new #hospital, doctor payments for 2015 | Reuters http://t.co/BxnqQc3jLd — BESLER Consulting (@BeslerDotCom) November 4, 2014 Sinking inpatient census causing headaches […]

Observation units could help reduce excess hospital readmissions

Hospitals must carefully evaluate the medical necessity of inpatient admissions Medicare’s payment penalties for excess 30-day readmissions will place increased pressure on hospitals to evaluate the medical necessity of inpatient admissions and potentially decrease inpatient readmissions with observation care. Patients who have a high propensity to rebound back into the hospital but don’t meet medical […]