Promoting primary care can help bend the Medicare cost curve

Via the Commonwealth Fund - The health reform law boosted Medicare fees for primary care ambulatory visits by 10 percent for five years starting in 2011. Using a simulation model with real-world parameters, researchers evaluated the effects of a permanent 10 percent increase in these fees. The analysis shows the fee increase would increase primary care visits by 8.8 percent, and raise the overall cost of primary care visits by 17 percent.

Registration Now Open for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and Medicaid Payments Have Already Been Issued by Two States!

Yesterday, the first payments under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program were issued by Oklahoma and Kentucky. Kentucky processed payment to the University of Kentucky‘s teaching hospital, University of Kentucky Healthcare. The first payment, $2.86 million, was one-third of the hospital’s overall expected amount for participating in the program. Oklahoma issued payments to two physicians at the Gastorf Family Clinic of Durant, OK, for $21,250 each, for having adopted certified electronic health records (EHRs).

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