Health System Review – November 15th, 2012

Employers are cutting back on benefit spending in response to the ACA

Companies Slow Health Cost Growth on Obamacare Concerns
WSJ – November 15, 2012
Provisions of the healthcare overhaul due to take effect in 2014 are causing companies to cut back now on their growth in spending on benefits.

Nursing Homes Said to Overbill U.S.
WSJ – November 12, 2012
Hundreds of nursing homes overcharge Medicare every year for so-called skilled services, adding $1.5 billion in annual costs to the program, according to a federal report.

Former President Clinton Launches Healthcare Initiative Aimed at the Underserved
Healthcare Informatics Online – November 13, 2012
Former President Bill Clinton has introduced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, whose goal is to fight preventable illnesses by creating an online platform to enable patients from underserved areas to find “local, scalable” answers. “The Clinton Health Matters Initiative builds on my Foundation’s work to address global health crises and the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by engaging not only with individuals but also with the systems and places that affect individual health,” Clinton said.

N.Y. Clinicians Use Online App for Disaster Response
MobiHealthNews – November 13, 2012
The staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center were able to update the family members of patients evacuated to the facility from other New York City hospitals after the recent superstorm using an online application developed by MDconnectME. The app, originally designed to enable surgeons in the operating room to send quick updates and pre-filled messages to a list of recipients provided by patients, is being tested by the firm for other uses, including in the realm of the patient-centered medical home.

U.S. Needs 52,000 Additional Doctors by 2025
Becker’s Hospital Review – November 13, 2012
The U.S. will need about 52,000 more primary care doctors by 2025 to accommodate population growth, shifting demographics and provisions in the Affordable Care Act, a study found. Physician office visits are expected to increase from 462 million in 2008 to 565 million in 2025, researchers reported in the Annals of Family Medicine.