The federal government will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Two new conditions have been added in this round of penalties: elective hip and knee replacement and chronic lung disease. Now, a new U-M analysis shows that penalties for chronic lung disease will have a greater impact on hospitals that care for poor and minority patients.
Right out of the starting gate, Michigan’s expansion of health coverage for the poor and near-poor holds lessons for other states that are still on the fence about expanding their own Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis shows.
Every day, the dedicated staff of UMHS hospitals and health centers take care of patients with serious illnesses – including those who carry infectious diseases. We’re drawing on this experience and expertise to help us prepare for the possibility of receiving patients who have Ebola virus disease, or a high risk of developing it.
A decade ago, America’s health care community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that
every patient got the best possible care. It worked: death rates have dropped. Now, say a pair of U-M experts, it’s time to do the same for sepsis.
A new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment between physicians who perform operations and those who don’t. Contrary to perception, the research indicates, the physician payment system is not inherently “rigged” to favor surgeons.
Two years ago, more than 1,800 doctors from U-M and around Michigan joined together to improve the care of 80,000 people who rely on Medicare, while also slowing the growth of their health costs. Data released yesterday show they achieved much of their aim in just the first year, though more opportunities remain to improve care and contain costs further.
Doctors at one hospital may be as much as six times as likely to admit an emergency patient with a common non-life-threatening diagnosis to the hospital, compared with doctors at another hospital treating an identical patient, a new U-M study finds.
A new bill introduced in Congress with bipartisan support would allow Medicare to test a concept born from University of Michigan research, which could improve the health of patients with chronic illness while reducing what they spend on the medicines and tests they need most.
When a medical emergency strikes, our gut tells us to get to the nearest hospital quickly. But a new study suggests that busier emergency centers may actually give the best chance of surviving – especially for people suffering life-threatening medical crises.
The U-M Health System’s leaders today reported positive fiscal year-end results, with an anticipated 0.7 percent ($17 million) targeted margin on operating revenues of $2.52 billion for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.
If all eye doctors prescribed the less expensive of two drugs to treat two common eye diseases of older adults, taxpayer-funded Medicare plans could save $18 billion over a 10-year period, say U-M researchers.
Although it's present in only a tenth of all patients who are admitted to the hospital, sepsis contributes to up to half of all hospital deaths in the U.S., according to a study by a U-M Medical School physician and his colleagues.
Surgery patients covered by Medicaid come into their operations with worse health, do worse afterward, stay in the hospital longer and find themselves back in the hospital more often than those covered by private insurance, a new U-M analysis finds.
The University of Michigan Health System provided more than $429 million worth of community services in fiscal year 2012 – 60 percent of it in the form of covering patients’ unpaid medical costs, according to new data.
A fragile medical safety net stretches across America, made up of thousands of clinics offering free and low-cost health care to those with no other place to turn. A new website created by U-M students aims to become a one-stop location for information and links on all of them.
With the political divide over health care reform still strong going into this year’s elections, a new analysis of state-level decisions shows signs of an emerging middle way toward reducing the ranks of the uninsured.
One in eight visits to a a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new U-M study finds. And many of those MRI and CT scans – and costs – are probably unnecessary, given the very low odds that serious issues lurk in the patients’ brains.
Using simple age cut-offs to guide colorectal screening may contribute to overuse of tests among unhealthy older adults, and result in healthy seniors missing out on the preventative tests that include colonoscopy.