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MediCaring Communities Book

MediCaring Communities: Getting What We Want and Need in Frail Old Age at an Affordable Cost Published June, 2016 194 pages, 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) ISBN-10: 1481266918 Book List Price $9.95 / Kindle edition $3.49 at

MediCaring Blog: Purchasing Value- Not Yet Right for Medicare’s Frail Elders

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/02/25/purchasing-value/ By Joanne Lynn In late January, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced that Medicare would purchase most services on the basis of value rather than volume, aiming for 90% of fee-for-service payments by 2018 [http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2015/01/26/progress-towards-better-care-smarter-spending-healthier-people.html]. Of course, paying on the basis

MediCaring Blog: Protecting Hospitals That Improve Population Health

Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H.

Republished with permission from: http://medicaring.org/2015/01/26/evaluation-flaws/ by Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H. [Also see companion post by Joanne Lynn, M.D.] Issue. The Medicare Readmission Reduction Program (MRRP) encourages hospitals to reduce readmissions within 30 days of discharge by imposing substantial financial penalties on hospitals with more readmissions than would be expected if the same patients

HHS Health Care State by State Information

For HHS Health Care State by State Information

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) State by State Information page provides statewide data on Medicare and Medicaid. The site uses an interactive map that allows the user to select their state. The user can then view data on recent health insurance enrollments under the Affordable

ProPublica Prescriber Checkup

ProPublica Prescriber Checkup provides prescribing data from Medicare's prescription drug benefit, known as Part D. The data for 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions by 1.6 million doctors, nurses, and other providers. The database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at

CMS Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Inpatient

That data provided in this source include hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge using the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG)

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