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Medicare Fraud Funding Up in Louisiana | What Hospitals Should Know about OIG 2011 Work Plan

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The Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program, administered by eQHealth Solutions, has recently been awarded a capacity-building grant to increase outreach and education efforts that will help seniors detect and report Medicare fraud and abuse, a $60 billion a year problem. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Strike Force, …

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CMS names Louisiana Care Transitions a leader in reducing readmissions

Scott Flowers, MBA/MHA, Project Director eQHealth (far right) is pictured receiving Innovation Award from (left to right): Dennis Wagner, Associate Deputy Director, CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality; Lisa McAdams, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Officer and Special Assistant to the Consortium Administrator, Consortium for Quality Improvement and Survey Certification Operations; Paul McGann, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality;Jean Moody-Williams, Director, Quality Improvement Group, CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality;Terris King, Deputy Director, CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality; Barry Straube, M.D., Director & CMS Chief Medical Officer, CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality.
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eQHealth Solutions, the Medicare QIO in Louisiana, was recognized for its leadership in care transitions quality improvement project by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week during the 2010 QualityNet Conference in Baltimore.   As a member of the fourteen state Care Transitions project funded by CMS, eQHealth Solutions was successful in reducing …

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ACO Round Up: 10 Resources and the 5 Care Coordination Steps You Must Embrace

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By Gary Curtis, MSW As the federal government rolls out the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act implementation, “accountable care organizations” are a hot topic within the health care industry.  Although plenty of resources abound, so much information can lead you to confusion instead of clarity.  Below is a list of 10 resources we’ve found …

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Medicare reform illusion or quality improvement opportunity?

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By Gary Curtis, MSW Without getting into what is clearly a partisan debate about whether or not the health care reform will reduce costs, it is important to mention that components of the bill do address quality improvements that are meant to drive down costs.  In response to “The Medicare reform illusion,” August 27, 2010, …

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Patient education: Engaging patients and improving quality

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By Laurie Robinson Ms. Jane Doe* is a female patient in her 50s, who was admitted to the hospital, once again, for exacerbation of her congestive heart failure. No stranger to the  hospital, she also suffers from CHF, diabetes, hypertension and COPD. “She doesn’t do what we say; she just won’t follow her diet,” were …

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