A common perception is that there are too many hospital readmissions which could be prevented with better discharge planning. A new study indicates that scheduling follow-up visits may not help prevent readmissions, most of which are unrelated to the original admisssion in any event.
Once more into the breach with the Saturday health care roundup, including medication adherence, monitoring patients’ health status in their homes, Massachusetts’ reform update and insurance costs, hospitals’ economic contribution, hospital cost shifting and consumers’ views on use of health IT.
The Council for American Medical Innovation has released a report about the value of medical innovation to the United States’ economy. Concern is expressed about maintaining a vigorous medical product industry in the face of funding, reimbursement and regulatory challenges.
Medicare’s Part D benefit covers most prescription drugs and has added significantly to the program’s cost, although not as much as originally projected. Now that the program has been in existence for a few years, researchers looked at whether the same geographic variation in spending exists for drugs as does for other Medicare services.