Mayo Clinic hospitals earn star ratings for hospital quality, patient experience
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic hospitals across the organization received Overall Hospital Quality star ratings and received the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems star ratings from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS). The ratings provide patients  with information about several dimensions of quality. Eleven hospitals across Mayo Clinic received star ratings from CMS for Overall Hospital Quality. Six of the 11 hospitals earned five stars — the best score possible. The national average… (Source: Mayo Clinic Arizona News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Arizona News - July 28, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Highmark Wholecare looks to growth in changing Medicaid landscape
This year is a pivotal one for the PIttsburgh-based health insurer, which is owned by Highmark Health. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 27, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

21% of Women Reported Switching Their Birth Control Method Post-Roe
Lauren Robinson has no desire to have an unplanned pregnancy. So after learning that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June—and reading Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion suggesting that the court should also reconsider Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 ruling protecting the right to contraception, she was scared. Robinson, a 34-year-old post-doctoral researcher, decided that she didn’t want to take any chances that the Court would overrule Griswold when it came back in session—especially since she lives and works in Michigan, a state where abortion rights are now in limbo. Altho...
Source: TIME: Health - July 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized abortion healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Insurance type influences adherence to follow-up imaging
Patients with Medicaid have four times lower odds of completing follow-up imagin...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How can radiologists ensure report recommendations are acted on? Can Netflix-style recommendations improve radiology scheduling? What 7 'soft skills' must radiologists have? What's in store for radiology in the 2023 Medicare Proposed Rule? Patient experience key to quality improvement (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 26, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Fees; Histocompatibility, Personnel, and Alternative Sanctions for Certificate of Waiver Laboratories
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) fees and clarifying the CLIA fee regulations. Among other things, this rule proposes providing sustainable funding for the CLIA program through a biennial two-part increase of CLIA fees, clarifying the methodology used to determine program compliance fees, and amending histocompatibility and personnel regulations under CLIA to address obsolete regulations and update the regulations to incorporate technological changes. Comments are due by August 25, 2022. (Source: Federal Reg...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How Oregon Medicaid members can stay cool in extreme heat
The organization is reaching out to 700 people deemed at risk of heat-related illness. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 25, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

The U.S. Physician Shortage Is Only Going to Get Worse. Here Are Potential Solutions
If you’ve recently had to wait longer to see a doctor than you used to, that may not be entirely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. America is experiencing a physician shortage, and it’s only expected to get worse—a concerning situation that could lead to poorer health outcomes for many patients. Data published in 2020 by the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the U.S. could see a shortage of 54,100 to 139,000 physicians by 2033. That shortfall is expected to span both primary- and specialty-care fields. “The physician shortage can justly be characterized as a looming public-heal...
Source: TIME: Health - July 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elaine K. Howley Tags: Uncategorized freelance Health Care healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Evaluating the impact of severe sepsis 3-hour bundle compliance on 28-day in-hospital mortality: A propensity adjusted, nested case-control study
Conclusions: Three-hour bundle compliance did not impact 28-day in-hospital mortality in patients with severe sepsis. Further research is needed to understand the impact of 3-hour bundle compliance on mortality in severe sepsis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are you looking for a program to help strengthen the parenting skills of families you assist?
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - July 25, 2022 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments Fees: Histocompatibility, Personnel, and Alternative Sanctions for Certificate of Waiver Laboratories
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) fees and clarifying the CLIA fee regulations. Among other things, this rule proposes providing sustainable funding for the CLIA program through a biennial two-part increase of CLIA fees, clarifying the methodology used to determine program compliance fees, and amending histocompatibility and personnel regulations under CLIA to address obsolete regulations and update the regulations to incorporate technological changes. Comments are due within 30 days of the pu...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 25, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

'When Cancer Smells Like Love'; New NCI Head; Medicaid Cancer Coverage, or Not
(MedPage Today) -- "Nauseating scent of sickness and neglect." A story of cancer, love, and intimacy. (Washington Post) NFL star Christian McCaffrey made good on a pledge to help establish The Logan Project, named for a young Carolina Panthers... (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - July 23, 2022 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment Meeting-August 22-23, 2022
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2021 on August 22-23, 2022. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, as well as supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePanel's website. Comment and presentation submissions to be considered at the meetin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicaid Patients May Be Denied Access to Cancer Care Medicaid Patients May Be Denied Access to Cancer Care
Patients with health insurance through Medicaid may be denied access to the multitude of health services required for contemporary cancer care, reveals a ' secret shopper ' study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - July 21, 2022 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program
Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for continued recognition of the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are by August 22, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Oregon health care cost growth outpaced the national rate pre-Covid
Medicare costs grew the most, at 58%, while commercial insurance costs grew 45% and Medicaid by 32%. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 19, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news