Monday, March 19, 2018

Maryland’s Ambitious Program To Cut And Control Health Care Costs Is Actually Paying Off

The modifications instituted by this system had hospitals taking steps to raised coordinate sufferers’ persistent circumstances with nursing and rehabilitation amenities, main care docs and others inside and out of doors of the hospitals.

The Baltimore Sun:
Maryland Health Care Delivery Experiment Saves Medicare More Than Half A Billion Dollars In Hospitals 

Hospitals in Maryland have saved tens of millions of dollars in well being care prices by eschewing the custom charge-for-service mannequin for one which emphasizes general well being, a report launched by state regulators exhibits. Three years into a singular 5-yr settlement with the U.S. Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Providers that started in 2014, the hospitals saved $586 million for the federal well being care packages, above a serious objective of this system. (Cohn, three/sixteen)

Kaiser Health News:
Maryland’s Global Budget System For Hospital Payments Saves Millions In Health Care Costs

Saturdays at Mercy Medical Middle was perversely profitable. The dialysis clinic throughout the road was closed on weekends. That meant the downtown Baltimore hospital would see sufferers with failing kidneys who ought to have gone to the dialysis middle. So Mercy admitted them, amassing as a lot as $30,000 for remedy that sometimes prices tons of of dollars.“That’s how the system labored,” stated Mercy CEO Thomas Mullen. As an alternative of discovering inexpensive options, he stated, “our monetary individuals have been saying, ‘We have to admit them.’” (Hancock, three/19)

State Highlights: Reports Increase On Inadequate Nursing Home Care In Pa.; Candidates In Illinois See Health As Winning Issue Against GOP Lawmaker

Media retailers report on information from Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Maryland, Texas, Oregon, Kansas, Minnesota, Florida, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona.

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Citing More Philly-Area Nursing Homes For Lack Of Nursing Care

After receiving criticism as being lax, the Pennsylvania Division of Well being has elevated the variety of citations given for insufficient staffing in Philadelphia-space nursing houses during the last two years. The company cited amenities 12 occasions final yr for violations of staffing guidelines, up from six in 2016 and not more than two in any of the earlier eight years. (Brubaker, three/sixteen)

Chicago Tribune:
Democrats Running For Roskam’s Seat Put A Big Focus On Health Care 

A lot of the main Democrats within the crowded area operating to tackle veteran Republican lawmaker Peter Roskam of Wheaton have made private well being crises central to their campaigns, seizing his longtime opposition to the Reasonably priced Care Act in what they see as a uncommon shot at flipping a suburban district that has lengthy favored the GOP. (Skiba, three/sixteen)

Los Angeles Times:
Faced With Complaints Of Filth And Blight, L.A. Cracks Down On Overnight RV Parking. Now, The Homeless Are Scrambling

For some time, Vincent Neill and his household parked their weathered RVs on a stretch of roadway in Canoga Park, the place the youngsters had buddies down the road. However then enterprise house owners started to complain, he stated. So Neill, his spouse and their seven youngsters relocated their caravan of automobiles to a Chatsworth manufacturing zone. (Reyes, three/15)

The Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore’s Medical Students Celebrate Years Of Hard Work At Match Day 

This yr 37,103 college students vied for 33,167 medical residencies nationally, probably the most ever provided, in response to the Nationwide Resident Matching Program. College students throughout the nation all acquired their a lot anticipated letters at midday. They’re getting into drugs because the nation faces a looming scarcity of docs. The United State might be brief forty,800 to 104,900 physicians by 2030, in line with the Affiliation of American Medical Schools. Specialty care will face the most important gaps. (McDaniels, three/15)

Dallas Morning News:
Blue Cross, Texas Health Contract Negotiations Leave Patients Anxious Yet Again 

When Michelle Prepare dinner acquired a name from her main care doctor’s workplace Wednesday urging her to maneuver an annual bodily up two weeks sooner than scheduled, she was taken abruptly. She was advised that if she didn’t have her preventive care go to accomplished earlier than the top of March — earlier than the April 6 date she had initially deliberate — she won’t have the ability to get it achieved in any respect, at the least, not at that doctor’s workplace. Or she may need to pay the complete value, out-of-pocket. (Rice, three/sixteen)

The Oregonian:
Domestic Violence Survivor, Single Mom, Wins $40,000 In Dental Implants 

She was one among 12 siblings rising up in Portland, and dental care wasn’t a precedence. As a child, she had a number of molars pulled fairly than repaired. In her 20s, an abusive ex punched her within the mouth, she stated, knocking out a number of entrance tooth. [Connie] Lorenzo has worn dentures ever since – till this month, when she acquired free dental implants, valued at greater than $forty,000, via the Second Probability program at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. (Swindler, three/17)

The Star Tribune:
Syringe Reuse Incident In St. Paul Rare But Concerning 

An unnerving case of a St. Paul nurse practitioner reusing syringes and exposing 161 sufferers to an infection danger exhibits that unsafe injection practices nonetheless happen in U.S. well being care. However the causes stay a thriller. In an period when contact lenses and cell phones are disposable, researchers stated they aren’t positive why any well being care suppliers deviate from lengthy-standing follow and reuse syringes. However they do know the consequence: Greater than one hundred fifty,000 individuals have been examined in america since 2001 for publicity to viruses reminiscent of HIV and hepatitis C resulting from unsafe injections by well being care suppliers. (Olson, three/17)

Miami Herald:
Some Alka-Seltzer Plus Products Recalled Due To Labeling Error

Alka-Seltzer Plus packages bought after Feb. 9, 2018, at retailers together with CVS, Walgreens and Walmart are part of the Bayer firm’s voluntary recall. … The affected Alka-Seltzer Plus packages might be recognized by checking the Bayer emblem situated on the decrease left nook of the carton’s entrance. (Cohen, three/sixteen)

Kansas City Star:
Missouri Nonprofit Aids Families With Hygiene Items, Not Food

From its 20,000-sq.-ft underground storage facility off of thirty first Road, Giving the Fundamentals distributes hygiene merchandise everywhere in the metropolis by way of 315 businesses, faculties and police departments. Quickly, because of an almost $1 million donation from Peter and Veronica Mallouk, Giving the Fundamentals will open a second 24,000-sq.-ft location on the Kansas aspect. (Frese, three/19)

Denver Post:
Westminster Hospice CovenantCare Closing, Laying Off 67 Employees

The Colorado CovenantCare at House facility in Westminster will shut down Might 17 and lay off at the least sixty seven staff, the corporate stated.In a press release, shared by spokesman Randy Eilts, the corporate stated competitors was accountable. …CovenantCare at House is a part of Covenant Retirement, “one of many nation’s largest not-for-revenue retirement housing organizations” with sixteen places nationwide, in response to the corporate. It additionally has a retirement facility at 9153 Yarrow St. in Westminster. That retirement group won’t be impacted, nor will the businesses working in St. Charles, Ailing. and Turlock, Calif. (Chuang, three/sixteen)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento, CA May Open Bathrooms For Homeless Downtown

With the inhabitants of individuals dwelling on the road at a document excessive, Sacramento Metropolis Corridor is specializing in sheltering the homeless. However advocates for months have persistently pushed for motion on one other entrance: offering locations for individuals to alleviate themselves. (Lillis and Hubert, three/19)

Arizona Republic:
Out-Of-State Medical Marijuana Cardholders Can Use Pot In Arizona

A 3-decide panel upheld that a doctor suggestion for hashish underneath California’s Compassionate Use Act is equal to playing cards issued underneath Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act. … The query centered on a 2016 case through which state police pulled over Stanley Kemmish Jr., who had a California medical marijuana card. Kemmish was indicted on one rely of possession of narcotic medicine, and one rely every of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. (Wingett Sanchez, three/sixteen)

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