Real estate investment trust giant Ventas took a huge step in bolstering its private-pay assets on Monday, when it announced it would acquire American Realty Capital (ARC) Healthcare Trust for $2.6 billion in cash and stock. The transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of this year.
The American Medical Association is expected to release recommendations soon for what physicians should be reimbursed for end-of-life medical consultations. The physicians group issues advisements regularly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which typically adopts them for its programs, the Pew Charitable Trust noted on Monday.
Discontinuing cholesterol-busting drugs called statins would save money and potentially extend the lives of terminally ill patients, new research from Duke University School of Medicine suggests.
Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to improve coordination of care and services for Medicare beneficiaries as they move from one setting to another.
Academic researchers say they have devised a more accurate way to determine "optimal" levels of therapy for post-acute patients. The method also can better judge therapy intensity, investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine said.