Survey tracks who’s using Internet for health information
A poll conducted by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics found that women were more likely than men to consult the Internet for health-related information, as were whites compared to Hispanics, blacks and Asians. College graduates and those with private health insurance were also more likely to look for health information online. HealthDay News (7/21).
Study ties low health literacy to poorer health outcomes
Researchers reviewed 96 studies and found that patients with poor health literacy were more likely to be hospitalized and to visit emergency departments and were less likely to receive flu shots, mammograms and other preventive services. The study in the Annals of Internal Medicine noted that the link between low health literacy in older adults and higher death risk persisted even after controlling for factors such as income and education, but the evidence doesn’t prove that the link is attributable to health literacy alone. Reuters (7/19).
Why IPAB Is Essential – A Timely Review (Guest Opinion)
Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, July 29, 2011
In his latest Kaiser Health News column, Jonathan Cohn writes that earlier in July, he followed the House Budget Committee’s hearings on the health law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board. The experience inspired him to offer this reminder of what it is; how it will work; and why it is essential to controlling Medicare costs (7/28). Read the column.
BRAIN CHALLENGE: Home Health Finance
Gentiva Consulting, August 2, 2011
With ongoing reforms in health care reimbursement, the challenges that home health managers face on a daily basis continue to escalate. Whether your background is clinical or finance, home health leaders need to have a solid basic understanding and practical application of financial management. We invite you to assess your knowledge with this five question self-evaluation.
USA Today: Medicare’s Hospice Costs Show Dramatic Increase
Kaiser Health News, August 8, 2011
USA Today: Medicare Costs For Hospice Up 70%
Medicare costs for hospice care have increased more than in any other health care sector as for-profit companies continue to gain a larger share of the end-of-life medical market, government records show (Kennedy, 8/7).
Related, earlier from KHN: Growing Hospice Care Costs Bring Concerns About Misuse (Rau, 6/27)
Bill Simione, Jr.
Inducted into HHFMA Hall of Fame
HAMDEN, CT August 3, 2011 – Robert Simione, Managing Principal, Simione Consultants and HHFMA Chair, announced the induction of Bill Simione, Jr., Founding Member, Simione Consultants, into the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) Hall of Fame.
“I was thrilled to be a part of the presentation of this most prestigious award! Bill is a true visionary and leader in home care and hospice and therefore a wonderful addition to the HHFMA Hall of Fame”, said Bob Simione.
The announcement of Bill’s induction took place last month at the NAHC Financial Managers Conference in San Diego.
“Being honored by the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association as an inductee into the HHFMA Hall of Fame was truly overwhelming. The real recognition goes to the members of HHFMA who have worked hard and have given back to home health and hospice more than they have received. I thank the Advisory Committee and the Work Group for their ongoing support and dedication. We have come a long way together since we started as a small gang of six comprised of providers, consultants and CMS (formerly HCFA) staff during the early 70s. I thank you!,” stated Bill Simione, Jr.
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November 2, 2011