Current Issue articles

OIG report

Ambulatory surgical centers save Medicare, beneficiaries billions. By Adele Merestein In April, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released Report A-05-12-00020 entitled “Medicare and Beneficiaries Could Save Billions If CMS Reduces Hospital Outpatient Department Payment Rates For Ambulatory Surgical Center-Approved Procedures To Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Rates” (“Report”)—a Report title which is self-explanatory. Background In 1982, Medicare began

Time is on their side

Members of Grow Smart Louisville continue to oppose VA hospital on the Midlands site, concerns over veteran’s care. By Kenny Colston The battle over a new Veterans Administration Hospital may seem over, but one group of concerned citizens and doctors are hoping that’s not the case. For several years, the VA has proposed building a new hospital in Louisville and has bought a

Addressing obstacles on the road to diabetes control

Race and ethnicity are important variables in how information is received, perceived and acted upon. By Cindy Sanders What is the best way to get—and keep—diabetic patients actively engaged in the lifelong self-management of their condition? The individual or institution that comes up with a definitive answer to that question will surely be remembered in the

Medicare Part D and patient assistance programs

Programs serve necessary purpose, subject to fraud and abuse. By Rene Savarise The Department of Health and Human Services through its Office of Inspector General (OIG) periodically issues guidance alerting the healthcare industry of problems and special areas of concern. One such area warranting the OIG’s attention is Medicare Part D and financial assistance programs created to assist eligible patients with their

New director brings new vision

Personal experience helps shape focus of breast cancer program. By Courtney Bisig From prevention and early detection to the latest in breast cancer treatment, the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program is uniquely designed to care for the specific needs of women with breast cancer and related conditions. Combining the latest cancer-fighting technology with renowned patient navigation and support services, the breast health

CenteringPregnancy empowers women with high-risk pregnancies

By Elizabeth Adams With pillows propped behind their backs and workbooks in hand, a group of women in their third trimesters of pregnancy gathered at UK HealthCare’s Polk Dalton Clinic. They took turns meeting privately with a midwife. They chatted about baby movements with nurses, who measured their blood pressures. Then they formed a circle to discuss topics such as signs of labor, benefits of breastfeeding and