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Health Care Week In Review: Preventing Pediatric Readmissions, New CMS Ratings, Florida Zika Cases Confirmed, Rise in Generic Drug Costs

Here's The Latest in Health Care:

• Thirty percent of pediatric readmissions may be preventable by making improvements in post-discharge engagement. Family engagement and proper care assesment after a child is discharged from the hospital both play a huge role in preventable readmissions. It is essential for organizations to take an active role in preparing patients and their families for discharge. Source

• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its first overall hospital quality rating this Wednesday. The results were far more than dismal for many of the nation's best-known hospitals, while dozens of obscure hospitals were awareded top scores. Health care organizations are concerned about the potential consequences for patients that could result from painting such an overly simplistic picture of health care quality using a star rating system.  Source

• Four cases of Zika infection are traced back to a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami. No mosquitos have tested positive yet for the Zika virus but people in that specific area are being tested to ensure there are no additional cases. Mosquitos have a very short range and tend to cluster, zip code by zip code, and at the moment avoiding widespread transmission. Source

• Rising costs of generic drugs may be blamed on insurers. Traditionally, health care professionals point the finger towards drug manufacturers but insurers can simply change the design of their health plan's drug benefit, moving drugs into a higher tier, for example, requiring consumers to pay a bigger chunk of the cost. Drug price increases can sometimes also be blamed on the rising cost of manufacturing or distributing the drug.  Source

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.