KHN: Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges

By Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News Used by permission. Note comment from Boston lawyer. Also published by STATnews.  Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. The Houston lab marketed a test to assess how a person’s genes affect tolerance for drugs such as … Continue reading KHN: Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges

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NYTimes story on #readmission prevention coaches features Rhode Island program

From the NY Times New Old Age Column: The transitions coach ducks into your mother’s hospital room for a brief introduction before she’s discharged. The coach explains that her job is to help keep patients safe at home and asks if she can call to set up a home visit. Health researchers know that transitions … Continue reading NYTimes story on #readmission prevention coaches features Rhode Island program

Your tax dollars at work: How much Medicare pays your doctor

For the first time -- with a little legal prodding-- Medicare has released information on how much it pays individual doctors. The New York Times already has a searchable database. Check it out. A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly … Continue reading Your tax dollars at work: How much Medicare pays your doctor

The importance of the hospital patient survey and more policy news

Two local bloggers contribute to the new edition of  Health Wonk Review,  a bi-weekly digest of health policy posts. HealthBlawg offers a wrap-up post on the health information technology and health care policy conference in DC earlier this month. The Datapaloozers are looking at data streams from the government and beyond in an effort to manage the health … Continue reading The importance of the hospital patient survey and more policy news

Readmission penalties in Massachusetts hit teaching hospitals

Medscape reports on a JAMA article looking at readmission rates: Ninety-five-bed Falmouth (Massachusetts) Hospital on Cape Cod doesn't have the national reputation of Massachusetts General Hospital, 77 miles to the north in Boston. But the small hospital bests the big teaching hospital in the big city on this point — it's not getting penalized by … Continue reading Readmission penalties in Massachusetts hit teaching hospitals

#Medicare boss Berwick for Massachusetts governor? Changing what makes sense #hcr #mapoli

Sure sounds like it from the Globe story. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician and longtime Harvard faculty ...has been contemplating a run for the past two or three months, meeting with 40 or 50 people, including political veterans and consultants. ...“I’m strongly considering it,” said Berwick, whose interest in the office was first reported by State … Continue reading #Medicare boss Berwick for Massachusetts governor? Changing what makes sense #hcr #mapoli

Hounded ex-Medicare chief Berwick back in Boston

Donald Berwick, who was hounded out of Washington for saying something nice about the UK health system, is back in town and on WBUR today. Also check out today's NTYimes op/ed by Joe Nocera: Dr. Donald Berwick was already in Massachusetts when I spoke to him Sunday afternoon. He was back in the Newton home where he’d lived for 30 years, being … Continue reading Hounded ex-Medicare chief Berwick back in Boston