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New technology to fight Medicare, Medicaid fraud announced in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The fight against Medicare and Medicaid fraud will take a new technological twist July 1, when the federal government begins using predictive-modeling computer software to flag would-be criminals before they get a check from taxpayers. More

As number of Medicaid patients goes up, their benefits are
about to drop

The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration injected billions of dollars into Medicaid, the nation's low-income health program, as the recession deepened two years ago. The money runs out at the end of this month, and benefits are being cut for millions of people, even though unemployment has increased. More

A new tool for managing end-of-life decisions
Picker Institute via Health News Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While modern medicine has taken great strides in increasing life expectancy, to date it has not really had the same success with assuring that a longer life remains a quality life. Now clinicians are searching for ways to lessen that gap. More

Empowering the patient
HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Watching her mother suffer from a stroke put the meaning of patient-centered care squarely in front of Susan Frampton, PhD, president of Planetree, Inc. in Derby, Conn., a subsidiary of Griffin Health Services. It was during this family crisis that she saw firsthand that there was more that could be done to make her mother comfortable while improving her overall care. More

Medicare to pay health centers to coordinate care
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Federally qualified health centers will have a chance to receive federal care coordination fees to help provide medical homes to Medicare patients. The Deptartment of Health and Human Services announced that $42 million is available over three years under the initiative. More

Communication key to patient safety
UB Reporter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every time you are admitted to a hospital, you place your life in the hands of health care professionals. You trust them to provide the best treatment for you during your stay. You have no other choice. However, it has been estimated by the Institute of Medicine that anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 individuals die in hospitals every year because of preventable medical error. How can this be changed? More

SHCA Domains of Practice™ Grievance and Complaint Management

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
1:00 p.m. CST
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Member Rate $140
Patient Advocates are faced daily with many challenges - they receive grievances, complaints and concerns from patients, their families and others. It is the nature of the beast to manage difficult situations and help resolve complicated issues with appropriate departments across the facility to mitigate risk and improve the overall patient experience. A successful Patient Advocate not only does right by the patient, but does the right thing, the right way in accordance with the healthcare facility’s policies, state laws, and by the CMS Grievance Guidelines and other federal regulatory agencies.

The goal of this 90 minute module is to provide participants with fundamental information and regulatory updates as it relates to the collecting, responding and resolving of grievances and complaints as well as the legal and ethical responsibility of the Patient Advocate that are put in place by federal regulatory agencies.To learn more or to register click here.

Cancer treatment requires patient-centered care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Institute of Medicine has issued a report on improving the quality of oncology care through patient-centered treatment planning. Noting that "most providers lack the tools, time and resources needed to efficiently and effectively prepare" cancer treatment plans with their patients, the IOM's National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop to discuss ways to construct a more coordinated, patient-centered cancer treatment planning process. More

Medicare preventive care use still spotty
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 5 million Medicare recipients have used preventive health care services to date in 2011, and U.S. health officials are trying to accelerate that trend to combat crippling health care costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is launching a campaign to encourage Medicare recipients to take advantage of preventive services, including mammograms and prostate cancer screenings, in the hopes that early diagnosis and treatment will help save significant costs for the system. More

Unique collaboration gives rural hospitals affordable access to patient simulator
HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A tool that can save lives – high-tech patient simulators – soon will be more accessible and affordable to rural Nebraska and western Iowa hospitals. The partnership, called the Shared Patient Simulation Project, is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Nebraska Medical Center, Prairie Health Ventures and Mid-America Hospital Alliance. The project supports hospital requirements for ensuring quality care and patient safety and will reduce hospital training costs by making the training available on site. More
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