Hopefully winter nears its end; it has been brutal where we are. This week’s Potpourri may offer a little diversion, covering defensive medicine, a pediatric tele-consultation service, home stroke rehabilitation, consumers’ ability to afford care, patient satisfaction and hospital readmission rates and a mobile phone app to improve medication adherence.
An outstanding Rand report describes the potential for home care technologies, barriers to their use and changes needed to overcome those barriers. The report paints a compelling picture of how greater care at home can benefit patients and the health system.
MedPAC weighs in unasked on some proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage program; objecting to CMS’ intent to limit benefit design flexibility on home health care and to CMS’s proposed quality incentive “demonstration.”