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Category Archives: Medicare

Health Reward Stat of the Day – July 1

According to the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the rate of hospital acquired bedsores decreased from 11.8 per 1,000 patients in 2008 to 0.7 per 1,000 patients in 2012 at 210 academic medical centers after Medicare stopped paying for costs associated with bedsores in 2008.
 
 
 

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – June 3

CMS has paid out more than $30 billion in EHR incentive payments to hospitals and providers who have attested to meaningful use as of March 2015. Epic accounts for 186,000 of total meaningful use attestations; Cerner has120,331; Allscripts with 99,091 to date.
Source: CMS; Healthcare IT News, HIT Trends, May 2015
 

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – June 2

CMS has released Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payments totaling over $30 billion to 447,842 eligible hospitals and professionals as of March. Around $3.6 billion was given to qualified Medicaid professionals, $7.7 billion went to qualified Medicare professionals, eligible hospitals nabbed $18.3 billion and Medicare Advantage groups received $400 million. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/21)

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – May 18

Nearly 40% of health-care providers treating Medicare patients will have their payments docked 1.5% this year because they didn’t submit data on patients’ health to the government, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. In addition:

More than 460,000 providers failed to comply with the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2013, of about 1.25 million […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – April 14

As of February 2015, Medicare eligible professionals have higher rates of successfully attesting to meaningful use than Medicaid EPs, according to the April 7 ONC Health IT Policy Committee meeting materials.
Here are four more key updates on meaningful use attestation. Data are through February 2015.

More eligible professionals have registered with the Medicaid program (176,000) than CMS […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – April 13

Over the past year, approximately 120 organizations have become ACOs in public and private programs, bringing the total to 744 since 2011.
In addition to growth in the total number of ACOs, there has been continued growth in the number of people covered by ACO arrangements. Since the start of 2014, an estimated 4.5 million more […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – April 10

The HHS’ Office of Inspector General is auditing payments made under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR meaningful use incentive program to ensure funds are being properly used. Findings from two states involving Medicaid data are mixed. In Florida, Medicaid data involving 42 hospitals indicate incentive payment calculations were accurate under federal and state laws. However, […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – March 9

Walgreens announced changes to its Balance Rewards Program that will take effect in May.

Customers on Medicare and Medicaid will no longer be excluded from earning points on prescriptions, allowing all members to earn points at the Pharmacy.
These changes, however, will reduce the number of points many other customers will receive for filling prescriptions. Starting in […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Feb 18

During the most recent meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided financial figures for both meaningful use penalties and incentives.The latest EHR Incentive Programs update from CMS estimates howmeaningful use penalties will affect eligible professionals in 2015.The figures related to Medicare payment adjustments (i.e., meaningful use penalties), however, are only estimates. […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Feb 17

The total sum of EHR incentive payments grew to $28.1 billion through the end of 2014. Medicare and Medicaid EPs have received $6.8 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively. Eligible hospitals, meanwhile, account for $17.4 billion in EHR incentive payments.
As for 2014 meaningful use attestations through February 1, the number of successful attestations by EPs grew by nearly […]

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