CMS Proposes Policy Changes for Long Term Care Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced policy changes for long term are hospitals. (Source) According to CMS acting administrator Kerry Weems, the proposed policy changes are designed to increase incentives for long term care hospitals to provide more efficient and high quality care for patients. Almost 400 hospitals would be affected. From the press release: CMS is proposing a standard Federal rate of $39,076.28 for the 2009 rate year. This is based on a proposed … [Read more...]

The End of Medicine : How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor

That's the name of a new book by Andy Kessler. I haven't read the book yet, but it is about amazing new breakthroughs (via Silicon Valley) in diagnostic tools that will be able to detect potential problems long before they become a problem. The book description at Amazon.com says the following about the book: Your doctor can't be certain what's going on inside your body, but technology will. Embedding the knowledge of doctors in silicon will bring a breakout technology to health care, and … [Read more...]