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Care Management Weekly News Update 7/6/23

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Thu, Jul 06, 2023 @ 11:47 AM

Primary care physicians saw their compensation rise faster than other medical and surgical specialties in 2022, as significant E/M coding changes enacted by the CMS kicked into gear and volume stabilized coming out of the pandemic.

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have fewer inpatient hospital stays and emergency department visits than beneficiaries in traditional fee-for-service Medicare, according to a report (PDF) by consulting company Avalere Health.

A new artificial intelligence model outperformed the most common methods of detecting heart attacks by using electrocardiogram readings to more efficiently spot heart attack indicators, according to a study performed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.  The model was able to quickly and accurately analyze ECG readings, saving up to 24 hours that additional tests may take when doctors cannot verify a patient is experiencing a heart attack, according to a June 29 news release from UPMC. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs, as part of a broader plan to improve service delivery for veterans, is looking to improve the experience of its IT workforce.  VA Secretary Denis McDonough and senior IT leadership said Thursday that the department is accelerating the pace of its modernization efforts to keep up with the demand for VA health care and benefits — and that these upgrades will improve the experience of employees and veterans.

Healthcare costs will grow 7% next year, PwC finds

Healthcare costs are expected to rise 7% next year as inflation drives providers to seek rate increases from insurers and pharmaceutical costs rise, according to PwC’s annual report.  The consultancy, which surveyed actuaries at insurers that offer group and individual plans, said the increase outstrips its predictions for 2022 and 2023, which were 5.5% and 6% respectively.


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