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Proposed revisions to discharge planning requirements would mandate patient and caregiver involvement

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Quality Care, Recent Posts | Tagged

  You have a chance to comment on CMS’ latest attempt to improve discharge planning at hospitals and help patients avoid unnecessary and costly readmissions. In what acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt promises is a “simple but key change,” CMS is proposing to modify discharge planning Conditions of Participation for hospitals and home health agencies,Read More

New tools designed to help cancer patients evaluate value of treatments

October 20th, 2015 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Patient Tools, Recent Posts

A variety of tools are now available or under development to help cancer patients and their caregivers evaluate available treatments, drug therapies and their associated costs. Some will be more explicit about costs while others focus more on health benefits. For instance, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announced a new tool in mid-October designedRead More