Apple, J&J open enrollment of Heartline Study to Medicare seniors with iPhones

Mobi Health News

The study will use the smartphones, Apple Watches and a custom health engagement program to influence stroke risk and atrial fibrillation detection

Growing Support for Medicare for All – But Do People Really Understand What It Means?

Health Populi

Let’s start with the Morning Consult poll results, which compare support for Medicare for All from January 2019 and August 2019. the party’s loudest supporter of Medicare for All. adults surveyed, 50% believed that Medicare is free.

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A Profile of People in Medicare Advantage Plans – HealthMine’s Survey of “Digital Immigrants”

Health Populi

There are over 60 million enrollees in Medicare in 2019, and fully one-third are in Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare is adding 10,000 new beneficiaries every day in the U.S. Younger Medicare beneficiaries are more digitally engaged (connected) than their older peers.

Study: Leveling reimbursement at Medicare rates could slash hospital revenues by 35%

FierceHealthIT

Hospital revenues would plummet if they were paid broadly at Medicare rates, a new study shows.

CMS may overpay Medicare Advantage plans by billions, study finds 

FierceHealthIT

Medicare Advantage members often account for less healthcare spending before they switch plans, meaning the government may be significantly overpaying MA insurers, according to a new study.

Study suggests Medicare overpaying $1.28B annually to support residency programs

FierceHealthIT

Medicare is overpaying for graduate medical education—the money used to train residents—which could be used to address physician shortages, according to a new study

Study: More Medicare Patients Dying At Home

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: The growth of Medicare Advantage as a program (it accounts for a third of Medicare enrollees and spending), and the 9.3% The growth of Medicare Advantage as a program (it accounts for a third of Medicare enrollees and spending), and the 9.3%

Medicare beneficiaries getting the most bang for their healthcare buck, study shows

FierceHealthIT

Medicare beneficiaries see the largest return on the money they pay for their healthcare, a new study shows.

Talk to Me About My Health, Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Tell J.D. Power

Health Populi

Cost is the major reason why Medicare Advantage plan beneficiaries switch plans, but people who switch also tend to have lower satisfaction scores based on non-cost factors. Power’s 2019 Medicare Advantage Plan Study. Power study.

Study: Private hospital payment rates vastly outpace Medicare, Medicaid

FierceHealthIT

Hospital payment rates to private insurance have grown much faster compared to Medicare and Medicaid, according to a new study that comes at a time when Washington is considering how to rein in healthcare costs

Medicare Members Are Health Consumers, Too – Our AHIP Talk About Aging, Digital Immigrants, and Personalizing Health/Care

Health Populi

That program has the potential to change our Medicare members manage meds at home to ensure better adherence, supporting better health outcomes and personal feelings of efficacy and control. [As If you’re at AHIP, come hear Nicole and me brainstorm the results of this study.

New bill would codify Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

introduced new legislation this week that would provide for permanent Medicare payments for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. introduced a bill that would mandate a study on the effects of telehealth, noting that data informs policy changes.

Most new Medicare beneficiaries opt for fee-for-service over MA: study 

FierceHealthIT

Though more baby boomers are aging into Medicare, relatively few are choosing Medicare Advantage plans as their entry point to the program, a new study shows.

New study says 'Medicare for All' will save the U.S. money with lower healthcare costs

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continues, including whether "Medicare for All" is the answer, a new study finds a consensus that a single-payer system would result in savings As the debate over how to lower healthcare costs in the U.S.

Medicare ACOs Improving Care Coordination With Health IT, But Still Have Work To Do

Healthcare IT Today

A recent study by the HHS Office of Inspector General suggests that Medicare ACOs coordinate care more effectively when they have the right health IT tools in place, particularly when ACO members share one EHR platform and have access to a robust HIE.

Study: Medicare hospital rating system doesn't do enough to account for social risk factors

FierceHealthIT

Medicare may be underpaying hospitals serving disadvantaged communities because of a skewed rating system, a new study finds

Physicians overestimate time that translates to their Medicare payments, study finds

FierceHealthIT

Physicians overestimate the time it takes to perform procedures that are then used to calculate how they get paid under the Medicare physician fee schedule, a new study found

Study identifies persistently high-cost Medicare patient trends

FierceHealthIT

Persistently high-cost Medicare patients tend to be younger, members of racial or ethnic minority groups, dual-eligible Medicaid patients or suffering from end-stage renal disease, a new study reports

New Health Affairs Study: Medicare’s Readmissions Reduction Program Less Effective Than Widely Believed

Healthcare Informatics

A study of the data involved in the Medicare program’s mandatory readmissions reduction program has found the results of the program to be considerably weaker than they appear at first sight

New Study on Lowering Opioid Prescription Challenges

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Increasing costs for prescriptions is creating a long-term financial impact on Medicare Part D and its beneficiaries. The study , published Aug. Increasing costs for prescriptions is creating a long-term financial impact on Medicare Part D and its beneficiaries.

Study pours cold water on idea that teaching hospitals are more costly for Medicare patients

FierceHealthIT

Overall care costs were similar or lower at teaching hospitals versus non-teaching hospitals for Medicare beneficiaries undergoing common procedures

CONNECT for Health Act would expand Medicare coverage for telehealth

Clocktree

Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 has bipartisan Senate and House support and would expand telehealth services through Medicare. The CONNECT for Health Act of 2019 builds on the progress made in recent years to increase the use of telehealth through Medicare. Require a study to explore more ways to expand telehealth services so that more people can access health care services in their own homes.

Seniors Satisfied With Medicare Supplemental Plan

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Medicare Advantage organizations (MAOs) continue to do a poor job of maintaining accurate provider directories—and it’s landing some in hot water with the federal government. Financial Medicare and Medicaid Medicaid Medicare payment models Value Based Payments

Study: Medicare compliance costing psychiatric facilities nearly $2B a year

FierceHealthIT

A new study released by the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare reveals that inpatient psychiatric facilities are spending vast amounts of their budgets to comply with CMS regulations

Medicare Advantage plans grow more comfortable with supplemental benefits in 2020: study

FierceHealthIT

The number of Medicare Advantage plans offering an expanded supplemental benefit in 2020 increased to 364 from 102 for 2019, as plans become more comfortable with the added flexibility, a new study found

RAND study: Medicare buy-in could jack up premiums for younger people in ACA plans

FierceHealthIT

Though a Medicare buy-in plan would likely lower costs for older adults, it could lead to higher premiums for younger people in the exchanges, according to a new report.

Rand: Private insurance pays more than twice what Medicare does

FierceHealthIT

times higher than the rates Medicare would have paid, according to a new Rand Corp. study. The prices paid to U.S. hospitals by private insurers are about 2.4

Medicare, Medicaid better than private insurers at containing costs, study finds 

FierceHealthIT

Medicare and Medicaid are better than private insurers at keeping spending per beneficiary low, a finding that has crucial implications for the current health policy debate, according to a new report.

Medicare Advantage Plans Grow With Star Ratings

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Medicare Advantage organizations (MAOs) continue to do a poor job of maintaining accurate provider directories—and it’s landing some in hot water with the federal government. Financial Medicare and Medicaid Medicaid Medicare payment models Value Based Payments

Trust My Doctor and Fear the Office: The Telehealth Opportunity in and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Populi

Nearly every respondent in the study reported having health insurance coverage. Among those covered with insurance, one-half had employer-sponsored insurance, 1 in 4 Medicare, and 13%, individual cover. Doctors maintain their top status as U.S.

Study: Primary care accounts for a fraction of overall Medicare spend 

FierceHealthIT

Despite an industry focus on the benefits of primary care, spending on such services makes up just a fraction of Medicare spending, according to a new study.

Sepsis hospitalizations cost Medicare $41.8B in 2018 — and that number's likely to grow 

FierceHealthIT

A new HHS study found that sepsis hospitalizations cost Medicare $41.8B in 2018 alone. Here's why the experts think that figure's likely to keep growing

Counties with greatest well-being for seniors cost Medicare thousands less, study finds

FierceHealthIT

Medicare spends nearly $1,000 less per beneficiary in counties where residents are not only healthy, but happy and satisfied with their lives

UnitedHealthcare, Peerfit push deeper into Medicare Advantage markets, and more digital health news briefs

Mobi Health News

million research grant; favorable study results for One Drop Also: Smoking cessation app trial wins $2.7

Medicare Drug Prices Up Despite Decrease in Prescriptions

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Increasing costs for prescriptions is creating a long-term financial impact on Medicare Part D and its beneficiaries. It also compares the potential for bias through simulations to some other common approaches to such comparisons across studies.

Study: 60% of America’s Seniors Are Avoiding Healthcare Costs

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: There is a growing need to educate seniors on their healthcare costs options, and increase their Medicare knowledge. Respondents admitted to a lack confidence in their knowledge of Medicare.

MU Study Suggests That A Health IT Divide May Be Emerging Among Physicians

Healthcare IT Today

Ambulatory Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT IT Role Health IT Digital Divide MACRA meaningful use Medicare MIPS Physician MU Attestation SK&A

Study: Bundled payments lowered costs for hip, knee replacements, but not for other conditions

FierceHealthIT

A new study found Medicare’s hip and knee replacement bundled payment models didn’t lead to a decrease in quality of care and also saved Medicare money

Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

Health Populi

A study in JAMA published this week analyzed research reports that have measured waste in the U.S. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) forecasts that prescription drug spending will be the fastest-growing cause of rising health spending by 2027.

White Medicare patients transported to closest ED more often than blacks, Hispanics

FierceHealthIT

White Medicare patients are more likely to be transported to the closest emergency department than their black or Hispanic counterparts, according to a new study out of Boston University’s School of Medicine