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Hospitals Chafe Under A Medicare Rule That Reduces Payments To Far-Flung Clinics

Over the past decade, hospitals have been rapidly building outpatient clinics or purchasing existing independent ones. It was a lucrative business strategy because such clinics could charge higher rates, on the premise that they were part of a hospital. Medicare’s recent rule change puts a damper on all that. Faculty Associate Gerard Andersonis quoted.

Is Medical Pot a Blessing for Seniors?

In states that legalized medical marijuana, there was a 4.8 percent decrease in reported pain for conditions that qualified for pot treatment (cancer, arthritis, glaucoma and pain), compared to states without medical marijuana. Similarly, 6.6 percent more seniors reported very good or excellent health in states with medical pot. Faculty Associate Lauren Hersch Nicholas is quoted.

Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare’s Hammer On Hospital Bills

The new strategy of some health plans for state employees is to pay hospitals a certain percentage above the basic Medicare reimbursement rate. It allows hospitals a small profit, the states say, while reducing costs to states and patients. Faculty Associate Gerard Anderson is quoted.