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HHS Issues Report on Changes in Care in Urban, Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has issued a new report titled Impact of the Affordable Care Act Coverage Expansion on Rural and Urban Populations. The report looks at changes in coverage rates and access to care and how these populations have used federal tax credits to obtain health insurance. Find the report here

MedPAC Urges Socio-Economic Risk Adjustment of Readmissions Reduction Program

The independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues has urged the administration to revise the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program to adjust for the socio-economic status of the patients different hospitals serve. In a May 31 letter to CMS acting administrator Andrew Slavitt as part of broader comments on Medicare’s proposed FY 2017 inpatient prospective payment system regulation, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission reminded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that … our June 2013 report discussed evaluating hospital readmission rates against a group of peer hospitals with a similar share of low-income Medicare beneficiaries as a way [&hellip

Fewer People Skipping Care for Financial Reasons

Fewer Americans are choosing not to pursue medical care for financial reasons, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey, 4.5 percent of the people surveyed reported not getting medical attention they needed for financial reasons in 2015, down from 6.9 percent in 2009 and 2010. This suggests that the Affordable Care Act’s changes in providing access to health insurance are making a different in the ability of people to get the care they believe they need. Prior to the reform law’s passage, the proportion of people reporting [&hellip

Homeless Health Care Costs Driven More by Hospital Stays Than ER Visits

Extended hospital stays and not frequent visits to hospital emergency rooms constitute the greatest cost in caring for homeless Medicaid patients, a new analysis has found. A review of 1100 homeless people served by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program found that while repeated visits to the ER do constitute a problem for caregivers, the cost of those visits is dwarfed by costs associated with the same patients spending long periods of time in the hospital. According to the review, 30 percent of the group’s Medicaid costs were for hospital stays while only four percent were for ER [&hellip

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