Aetna: Change Medicare hospice rules to improve care, cut costs
Palliative and hospice care improvements can lead to an increase in satisfaction and care quality for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with advanced illness and a drop in unnecessary services, according to Aetna.
Palliative care adds value, lowers costs in ACOs
Insurers may want to focus on palliative care for members participating in their accountable care organizations. Palliative care services provided to dying patients lower costs by reducing the use of ICUs, emergency departments and general hospital care, according to a Health Affairs blog post.
In-hospital palliative care quadruples
Hospitals are creating palliative care teams at a breakneck pace, raising some questions about how they are affecting overall finances, reported the Associated Press.
OIG: CMS should look closer at hospice billing
The Department of Health & Human Services' Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has recommended taking a closer look at billing for hospice care. The OIG has asked that the Centers for Medicare
Hospice care thrives amid patient negligence concerns
As the for-profit hospice industry continues to grow and prosper, it is sometimes neglecting appropriate care for dying patients, reports Bloomberg News. In fact, there has been a variety of
SPOTLIGHT: Illinois Blues targets hospital readmission rates
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Illinois Hospital Association are partnering on a venture to improve patient quality via care transition, palliative care improvements and reduced