A controversial new study in JAMA this week faces a rebuttal from a researcher who believes that readmissions policy has worked largely as intended, with no linkage between lower readmission and higher mortality.
Specialists, particularly surgeons (85%) and Ob/Gyns (85%), were far more likely to be sued than primary care doctors. Psychiatrists (29%) and dermatologists (28%) were the specialists named least frequently in lawsuits.
The financially troubled 378-bed Topeka hospital will be renamed The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus. The new for-profit/not-for-profit joint venture pledges $50 million in investments, local control.
Medicare ACOs generated $843 million in savings in 2016 and demonstrated strong quality scores. ACO advocates believe those numbers could improve if CMS provides some flexibility on financial benchmarks and risk.