When you read between the lines of the healthcare reform law, its general intent becomes clear: The law is about increasing home- and community-based services (HCBS), and improving wellness and prevention.
The RUG-IV classification system will not start until Oct. 1, 2011, under the new healthcare reform bill.
Tensions are rising among healthcare providers over two unresolved issues: the implementation of Medicare Part B therapy caps and an impending 21% pay cut to Medicare physicians.
Fresh from its Thanksgiving break, the Senate is scheduled to pick up its debate over healthcare reform on Tuesday. Some provisions affecting senior care providers are similar to those in the House bill and some are different.
Payment bundling--expanded beyond its currently proposed form--could be one of the best ways to reduce healthcare spending costs, according to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Medicaid payment bundling is emerging as a key topic in national healthcare reform. As part of their research on bundling, federal lawmakers should pay attention to what is happening in Ohio.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 Tuesday to pass America's Healthy Future Act of 2009. The committee's approval marks a critical turning point for Congress in its attempt to pass comprehensive healthcare reform.