Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• In a recent study by Cigna, researchers found that patients who are diagnosed with a behavioral health condition and receive outpatient treatment have fewer visits to the emergency department or readmissions to an inpatient facility. This results in a lower cost for care per person per year. Read More
• Nearly one in 10 children in the U.S. that are eligible to be vaccinated have received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Children who received their first shot this week and their second three weeks later will be fully vaccinated by the Christmas holiday. Read More
• This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the rate for improper payment for Medicare fee-for-service has been below the 10 percent threshold. This represents considerable progress toward a goal to protect CMS programs for future generations. Read More
• According to a recent report, one of several findings surrounding home health care includes the fact that only 34 percent of hospitalized patients are sent to formal post-acute care settings, such as skilled nursing facilities. The rest are either initially sent home or to a retirement or assisted living community, contributing to higher hospital re-admissions. Read More
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