Report reviews state proposals for dual-eligible demonstration   10/12/2012
A new report from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines 26 state proposals to partner with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Financial Alignment Demonstration to test a new capitated payment and integrated care model for patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. According to the report, 23 states plan to passively enroll dual-eligible beneficiaries into their demonstration plans unless beneficiaries take action to opt out; 21 states propose implementing all or a portion of their demonstrations statewide; and 18 states seek to test the demonstration's capitated payment model, five the managed fee-for-service model and three both models. Two states seek to implement at least part of their demonstrations in late 2012, 13 states seek to implement in 2013, and 11 in 2014. In August, CMS announced an agreement with Massachusetts to implement the first state demonstration.
Hospitals given extra week to complete AHA RACTrac survey   10/12/2012
AHA has extended the deadline for hospitals to submit second-quarter 2012 data on Recovery Audit Contractor activity to its RACTrac survey. Hospitals are asked to complete the survey by Oct. 19, even if they experienced no RAC activity during the quarter. The free web-based survey is used to gauge the impact on hospitals of the Medicare RAC program and advocate for needed changes.
Hospital prices decline by 1% in September   10/12/2012
Overall hospital prices declined by 1% in September, and were 2.4% higher than a year ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Prices for the subgroup of general medical and surgical hospitals declined by 1.1%, and were 2.4% higher than in September 2011, according to the BLS' Producer Price Indices, which measure average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. For hospitals, this translates into actual or expected reimbursement for a sample of treatments or services. The PPI for hospitals measure changes in actual or expected reimbursement received for services across the full range of payer types. This includes the negotiated contract rate from the payer plus any portion expected to be paid by the patient.
NIH launches database of drugs associated with liver injury   10/12/2012
A new National Institutes of Health website provides evidence-based information for health care professionals and researchers studying liver injury associated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbals and dietary supplements. The website offers a searchable database of about 700 medications available in the U.S, which will be updated regularly with new information. Drug-induced liver injury is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S.