Community paramedicine program works to prevent medical emergency calls

A group of Madison Fire Department paramedics are seeing success with a pilot program that allows them to work on prevention methods with people who are frequently calling for emergency services. The community paramedicine program has been in place in Madison for about two years. It’s run by paramedics Gail […]

CMS cuts off funding stream for healthcare transformation experiments

The CMS is ending a funding stream that states relied on to transform their healthcare systems to provide more efficient patient care, saying it’s unclear that the program is a good investment. Over the years, states have received billions of dollars through the Designated State Health Programs, or DSHP, which […]

Humana, Private Equity Firms Reportedly Close to Acquiring Kindred

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health care provider, is in advanced talks to be acquired by insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity firms, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The newspaper cited “people familiar with the matter.” Kindred and Humana did not immediately […]

CMS adds star ratings, patient experience to Physician Compare site

The CMS announced on Thursday that patient experience scores and star ratings have been added to the Physician Compare website for patients and caregivers to view. The site will now display physicians’ 2016 performance under the Physician Quality Reporting System as star ratings. Patient survey scores from the Consumer Assessment […]

Uber reduces ambulance usage across the country, study says

In what is believed to be the first study to measure the impact of Uber and other ride-booking services on the U.S. ambulance business, two researchers have concluded that ambulance usage is dropping across the country. A research paper released Wednesday examined ambulance usage rates in 766 U.S. cities in […]

Hospitals and patients feel the pain from Anthem’s ED policy

A person in Missouri, walking along the side of a street, was suddenly struck by a car. The patient was taken to the emergency department, where multiple imaging studies revealed that despite bad scrapes and contusions, there were no broken bones. In another case, a patient who was potentially experiencing […]

Reimagining Our Existing Resources–with EMTs

For years I wondered why despite being a confirmed urbanite, I love camping. Then I realized that camping gives me full permission to improvise—to make creative use of the limited materials I have to get the job done. Hence, shirt tails are fair game for wiping coffee grounds out of […]

CMS trims list of possible Medicare quality measures

The CMS on Thursday released a list of 32 reporting measures under consideration for Medicare’s quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. The number of measures under review is much smaller compared to last year when CMS considered nearly 100 measures. The move is in line with CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s […]

Texas Health Aetna launches virtual ER care app

Texas Health Aetna, a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Aetna, has launched a new app aimed at providing patients with more immediate, virtual emergency care. Emergency physicians are often at the “front line of an undesirable healthcare experience” for many patients, so it was to the benefit of […]

Ambulance crew gives terminally ill patient a side trip to the beach

An ambulance crew transporting a terminally ill woman to a local hospital on Australia’s east coast last week took a small diversion to a nearby beach after the woman said she wanted to see the ocean, perhaps for the last time. “Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy,” […]