Proposed CMS Medicare Rule Signals New Era of Orthopedics Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 October 2019 17:27

A recently proposed CMS rule signals that the healthcare industry should brace for another wave of orthopedic-related consolidations-especially those driven by private equity and health systems seeking to enter joint ventures with larger orthopedic practices.

In its 2020 Medicare payment rule, CMS proposed several orthopedic-related changes, including for:

• Ambulatory surgery center (ASC) facilities - Adding knee replacement and repair procedures as approved services
• Hospital outpatient facilities - Adding hip replacements as an approved service, shifting them away from their historical inpatient-only setting

At the same time, CMS has also updated its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced Model to include an outpatient component of knee replacements. The move from inpatient to outpatient and ASCs began several years ago, but these collective changes from CMS represent a focused push to expedite that trend, which threatens a highly lucrative revenue stream for hospitals.  

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2019 17:33
Want to Reduce Suicides? Follow the Data - To Medical Offices, Motels and Even Animal Shelters Print E-mail
Written by Maureen O'Hagan | KHN   
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:43

HILLSBORO, Ore. - On Kimberly Repp's office wall is a sign in Latin: Hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae. This is a place where the dead delight in helping the living. For medical examiners, it's a mission. Their job is to investigate deaths and learn from them, for the benefit of us all. Repp, however, isn't a medical examiner; she's a PhD. microbiologist. And as the Washington County epidemiologist, she was most accustomed to studying infectious diseases like flu or norovirus outbreaks among the living. But in 2012 she was asked by county officials to look at suicide. The request led her into the world of death investigations, and also appears to have led to something remarkable: In this suburban county of 600,000 just west of Portland, the suicide rate now is going down. It's remarkable because national suicide rates have risen despite decades-long efforts to reverse the deadly trend.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:53
Vegetarians might have higher risk of stroke than meat eaters, study says Print E-mail
Written by Nina Avramova | CNN   
Friday, 06 September 2019 16:43

Non-meat diets have soared in popularity with many people ditching beef, pork and chicken in pursuit of health and environmental benefits and concerns about animal welfare. However, a new study suggests that vegetarians and vegans may be at a higher risk of stroke than their meat-eating counterparts -- although those who don't eat meat have a lower chance of coronary heart disease, according to the new paper, published in the medical journal the BMJ on Wednesday. This is the first study to look at the risk of stroke in vegetarians. The research found that vegetarians and vegans had a 20% higher risk of stroke than meat-eaters, particularly hemorrhagic stroke -- caused when blood from an artery begins to bleed into the brain. This translates to 3 more cases of stroke per 1,000 people over 10 years.

"It does seem that the lower risk of coronary heart diseases does exceed the higher risk of stroke, if we look at the absolute numbers," said lead researcher Tammy Tong, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford.

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