DeKalb Medical works to satisfy feds’ concerns after discharge of vulnerable patient
DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline later this month for approval of a correction plan after the discharge of a patient with mental illness who then went missing for several days. If the Decatur hospital does not get the necessary OK from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Read more
Once again, Medicare penalizing most hospitals for patient readmission rates
Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge.... Read more
Commentary: There’s help for managing your health in Medicare
Many adults have one or more chronic health conditions, and that’s especially true as people grow older. What’s more, coordinating services for these different conditions can be challenging. “Between doctor visits, taking the right medications at the right times, and following advice from different health care professionals, managing your... Read more
Take advantage of what Medicare has to offer
Resources are available to educate patients about Chronic Care Management About half of all adults in the United States – 117 million people – have one or more chronic health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia, and one in four adults have two or more conditions,... Read more
Commentary: Don’t rush to junk the ACA
Republicans, in control of Congress and about to take control of the presidency, have vowed to move forward on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act this year. How that will play out – and what the GOP’s replacement plan is – hasn’t yet been determined. In a new... Read more

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