Dr. Colin Cooke Highlights Healthcare Reform's Effects on Pulmonary Medicine
Colin Cooke, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, says that hospitals with higher readmission rates that treat patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia will be penalized due to healthcare reform. In 2015, chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be added to the list of conditions measured. However, there is less evidence underlying readmissions in COPD. Dr Cooke notes that more research is needed regarding readmissions in COPD since it will be affected by the Affordable Care Act.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
To better align the care of beneficiaries insured under both the Medicaid and Medicare programs, CMS invited states to participate in a 3-year demonstration project. However, it seems that many beneficiaries have opted out of these care coordination programs that are offered across the country.
Dr. Michael Bell, previously announced as the keynote speaker for the September 25-26 live meeting hosted by The American Journal of Managed Care, this weekend discussed his role in overhauling lab safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Attendees at AJMCLive’s Atlanta conference, “Value-Based Decision-Making in Infectious Disease,” will have the chance to hear Dr. Bell discuss the prevention of hospital-acquired infections.