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Prescription Patterns of Beta Blockers

November 7, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

Prescription Patterns of Beta Blockers

Beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more commonly referred to as beta blockers, are a category of medications that can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of multiple heart attacks. Beta blockers work by impeding the effects of adrenaline on the heart. This slows the patient’s heartbeat, reducing the amount of force with which the heart contracts and relaxing blood vessels in the heart and brain, improving blood flow.

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Top 10 Short-Term Acute Care Hospitals

October 31, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

The healthcare industry is being molded by patients seeking affordable, convenient care facilities. This demand has led to innovation in the field of telehealth, and encouraged the growth of retail clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and freestanding imaging centers. Patients no longer rely solely on hospitals to receive preventative care and treatment.

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Will HCAHPS Stars Light the Way to Healthcare Transparency?

In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a ratings system as part of their Hospital Quality initiative. The aim of the new program is to meet consumer demand for objective, comprehensible data on the performance and care quality of individual hospitals. Hospitals are required by CMS to distribute a patient satisfaction survey called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). The results are then converted into an overall star rating. HCAHPS star ratings make it easier for patients to compare hospitals, as the scores account for procedure data, patient experience, efficiency, and other factors.

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Top 10 Hospices by Total Medicare Payments

October 24, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

Top 10 Hospices by Total Medicare Payments

Hospice care, unlike other varieties of long-term care, does not aim to cure a patient’s terminal illness. Caregivers instead focus on providing support for patients while treating their daily symptoms. Hospice services are primarily provided in a patient’s home, but can also be available in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice centers. Most payors include hospice care in their insurance coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

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Who Receives Care at Assisted Living Facilities?

October 19, 2017 BY Alanna Moriarty

Who Receives Care at Assisted Living Facilities?

As the population of Americans over 65 grows, the healthcare industry must respond to increased demands for affordable, comprehensive long-term care. Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) are playing a specialized role in the long-term care industry for older Americans seeking to live independently while also having access to limited daily assistance and on-call medical care.

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