The research focused on 22 hospitals that participated in lower joint replacement episodes within the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) program and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model.
Acute care providers get a payment increase from Medicare of 3% and long-term care hospitals receive an update of 1.35% in a final rule issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The report calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a key player in the funding of hospice services, to increase its level of scrutiny to improve the detection of these problems.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned nursing homes on Tuesday that his agency will use Medicare to cut down on excessive, expensive care and hospital readmissions to nudge post-acute and long-term services into value-based community care.
Nearly 9 in 10 adults ages 40 and over would be comfortable using at least one type of telemedicine for themselves or an aging loved one, says a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff has planned a press conference Wednesday for more details, a day before the notices are set to be mailed to 37,000 Medicaid recipients in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.