News Summary 7.07.18

Submitted by hm_admin on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:43

CMS.Gov: CMS taking action to modernize Medicare home health -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to “strengthen and modernize Medicare” by focusing “on individual patient needs rather than volume of care.” The changes will include more remote patient options as well as better data sharing facilitation.

Modern Healthcare: New study finds positive Medicare Advantage results -- Medicare Advantage members are spending less time in nursing facilities after surgery, are less likely to be readmitted to hospitals, and less likely to become longterm nursing home residents than traditional Medicare members, according to a new report. The PLOS study also found that with “stronger care-management protocols” from Medicare Advance, there are fewer preventable hospitalization for patients.

New York Times: Amazon joins the prescription drug fray with new purchase -- Amazon continues to get into the healthcare game in a big way, with the recent news that it had purchased online pharmacy PillPack. While Amazon has disrupted many industries, it will need to work with “powerful entrenched companies who are not necessarily wishing Amazon well” when doing business with prescription drugs. Still, PillPack is in network with many Medicare beneficiaries.