Rehab hospitals press Congress to avert payment cuts (thehill.com) A trade group representing rehabilitation hospitals is pressuring Congress not to cut programs it cares about to offset the cost of paying doctors under Medicare. Officials with the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association are meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee, House Ways and Means Committee and other lawmakers as part of a push to prevent the cuts.
Aetna, Virtua announce new accountable care pact (njbiz.com) The movement toward “value-based” health care, in which health care providers are compensated for better managing cost, quality and the patient experience, moved forward Tuesday with the announcement of a new accountable care agreement between the health insurer Aetna and the Virtua Medical Group in southern New Jersey.
Christie budget aims to ease Medicaid doctor shortage (nj.com) Responding to complaints there aren't enough doctors to handle the surge of new Medicaid patients, Gov. Chris Christie's administration wants to bump up physician reimbursements by $45 million annually. It will also add $27.3 million to help hospitals offset the cost of training new doctors. At the same time, charity care payments to hospitals would be slashed by $74 million.
Most health information web pages are tracked, Penn study finds (newsworks.org) Is that nagging cough just a remnant of a cold or an early sign of lung cancer? If you've looked for answers online, you're not alone. But according to a new report, that browsing might be putting your privacy at risk.
Christie’s Proposed Health Budget Slashes $148M from Hospital Charity Care (njspotlight.com) Administration argues that cuts are counterbalanced by ACA Medicaid expansion, which has thinned the ranks of the uninsured. New Jersey hospitals will be getting a lot less money from the state government to deliver charity care to uninsured people under Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed 2015-2016 budget. Administration officials say there’s a good reason for the cuts: the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the ranks of the uninsured. But hospitals contend that it’s too soon to know how much they’ll be getting from the ACA or if that money will offset the proposed reductions.