The Senate on Friday passed a bill that would delay the 21% reduction to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule until Nov. 30 and offer providers a 2.2% increase in payments. However, Medicare on Friday said it will begin processing claims received for June at the lower rate because the House can't vote on the measure until it returns this week.
Dutch researchers learned that some obese people may not be more prone to heart disease or diabetes if they don't exhibit other risk factors such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. "Metabolically healthy obese persons do not have the elevated cardiovascular risk of obesity, but represent only a small subset of the total obese population," the study's lead author said.
More than 50 hospitals, nursing homes and other health care organizations in New Jersey are collaborating to curb hospital readmissions related to heart failure in the state. The initiative includes data sharing as well as informational sessions for patients and providers on the factors leading to heart failure readmissions and how to reduce them.
A survey conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that the shutdown of the Chalk River reactor has led to a 22% decrease in performed diagnostic tests in the country in October 2009 when compared with 2008. This translates to 12,000 fewer tests.
Elliott Jacobson, chief of staff for Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart, said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware will no longer be requiring doctors to get pre-authorization for nuclear stress tests. The group, however, has not yet released information relating to the expected changes to its pre-authorization program.