Medicare’s Readmission Penalties Hit New High

In October the new CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) penalties for patient re-hospitalization went into effect. More than a half a billion dollars in hospital payments will be withheld from more than half of the nation’s hospitals by Medicare over the...

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment starts soon. This is the fun time of year when seniors attempt to decipher the available Medicare Advantage plans and decide in which plan to participate or if they would be better off in Original Medicare. Patients often look to their...

Addressing Healthy Weight

Once the office space itself has been altered to create an environment that promotes health and wellness, an employer may want to consider implementing a campaign specifically addressing healthy weight. There are many ways to go about this. For the purposes of this...

What is employee obesity costing your business

It is no surprise that obese employees miss more work due to illness than do their normal weight counterparts. Complications from obesity related illnesses, stress on the immune system, and back, knee and joint problems, can all cause obese employees to miss work. The...

Value for Providers

Is there a value for providers in converting their practice to a medical home?  Answering this question seems simple. Simply weigh the costs of becoming a PCMH against the benefits of earning such a designation. However, it is far more complicated than a simple cost...