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Home hospitalization is a safer option for older adults which is gaining in popularity.

Home hospitalization is a safer option for older adults which is gaining in popularity. Many older adults find themselves in a hospital at one time or another.   While hospitalization is sometimes needed, it also adds risks such as unintended infections such as MERSA and other infections that are commonly acquired in hospitals. A growing movement toward home hospitalization reduces the risks of many hospital-borne illnesses for the elderly while allowing them to recover in their own homes with the needed nursing staff and other caretakers present. This option has been shown to cost less than traditional hospitalization while allowing the Read More »

Medicare’s initiative to reduce costs through profiling referral patterns; will this fix the problem of healthcare costs?

Medicare’s initiative to reduce costs through profiling referral patterns; will this fix the problem of healthcare costs? Medicare has initiated their quality payment program for 2017 and beyond, which is their attempt at reeling in healthcare costs, waste and changing non productive referral habits most medical providers have developed over the years. Yesterday, I sat down with a representative from NJIT (New Jersey Innovation Institute) who was hired to help doctors work within the new guidelines that CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services) succeed at this new initiative.  Their goal as stated is to make sure care is coordinated Read More »