Posts Tagged ‘The Remington Report’

Half of U.S. Lives in ACO Area

February 28, 2013

According to The Remington Report, more than half of the U.S. population lives in areas served by accountable care organizations (ACOs). Currently, 52 percent of U.S. patients live in primary care service areas served by ACOs. In August 2012, just 45 percent of the population lived ACO areas.

Additionally, at least 28 percent of U.S. patients live in areas served by two or more ACOs, up from 17 percent in August. All together, ACOs now cover 37 million to 43 million Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The expansion of coverage comes after CMS’ announcement of 106 new participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. There are now 259 Medicare ACOs.

Study Analyzes Complications from Surgery in Home Health Patients

November 30, 2012

The Remington Report reported this week that more than 40 percent of all patients who experience complications after surgery experience them at home, according to a study in the journal Archives of Surgery. Half of those complications occur within nine days of patients leaving the hospital.

As hospitals squeeze costs, they’re sending patients home sooner. (more…)

CMS Proposes Care Coordination Payments for Recently Discharged Patients

July 20, 2012

For the first time, CMS is proposing to pay community physicians for the care required to help a patient transition back to the community following discharge from a hospital, reports The Remington Report. (more…)

Florida Ranks Near Top in National Data for Medicare Home Health Utilization

January 25, 2012

Curious about how much each state utilizes home care services? The Remington Report has those numbers, based on provider data derived from bills for services performed in 2010 and recorded in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services central records of June 2011.

The data shows state-by-state reimbursement, number of patients, visits, average reimbursement and average visits per patients.

The national average: (more…)

The Remington Report: 9 Health Care Reform Changes for 2012

January 4, 2012

2012 kicks-off rapid changes to health care reform:

1. Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare – Allows providers organized as accountable care organizations (ACOs) that voluntarily meet quality thresholds to share in the cost savings they achieve for the Medicare program.

2. Reduced Medicare Payments for Hospital Readmissions – Reduces Medicare payments that would otherwise be made to hospitals to account for excess (preventable) hospital readmissions. (more…)

Survey: Cost to Live In Long-Term Care Facilities Continues to Climb

November 9, 2011

From The Remington Report

Rates to live in long-term care facilities continue to rise, according to a new market survey of nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult day and home care services. National average rates for a private or semi-private room in a nursing home rose by 4.4 percent from 2010 to 2011 (to $74,825/$87,235 annually for a semi-private/private room) and base rates at assisted living communities increased by 5.6 percent (to $41,724 annually). (more…)