Category: Industry Updates

Medicare Payment Cuts Advised For Many ERs That Aren’t Inside Hospitals

The woman arrived at the emergency department gasping for air, her severe emphysema causing such shortness of breath that the physician who examined her immediately put her on a ventilator to help her breathe. The patient lived across the street

That freestanding emergency room is probably not in-network, no matter what the website says | Health Care | Dallas News

A Texas law aimed at protecting patients from shocking medical bills after visits to free-standing emergency rooms may not be reducing consumer confusion as intended. The law, which went into effect in September, requires the ERs to say on their

State legislator wanted to help freestanding ER patients avoid shocking bills— but is his law working?

A Texas law aimed at protecting patients from shocking medical bills after visits to freestanding emergency rooms may not be reducing consumer confusion as intended. The law, which went into effect in September, requires the ERs to say on their

CDC- GUIDELINE FOR PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS FOR CHRONIC PAIN

CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks

Are patient satisfaction surveys fueling  dependence on pain killers?

If you’ve spent time as a hospital patient, you may recall receiving a survey about your experience. It turns out your answers can impact how much the hospital is paid and, in some cases, even what your doctor earns. The

Pain Management Survey Questions Will No Longer Impact Inpatient CMS Hospital Reimbursement Rates – AOTA

On October 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they will no longer use results from the pain management portion of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey to impact reimbursement rates

Fentanyl bust nets enough drugs to wipe out population of Ohio 

Police who busted a fentanyl ring in Columbus, Ohio found enough of the drug to kill the population of the entire city, prosecutors told Fox News. Investigators ended up finding 4.5 pounds of fentanyl in a drug bust in October,

West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis | Fox News

People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters. In Huntington, W.Va., the guard has been called in to help tackle the opioid crisis — which the governor has described as a disaster. “We have to stop this terrible drug

Emory hosts community conversation on America’s opioid crisis | Emory University | 

Debra Houry, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and a former associate professor in Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine As an emergency room doctor at Grady Hospital for 15 years, Houry’s views

Revised HCAHPS Pain Management Questions: What You Need to Know

CMS has proposed removing the current Pain Management composite, which consists of the following three questions. During this hospital stay, did you need medicine for pain? During this hospital stay, how often was your pain well controlled? During this hospital

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