Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

African Americans face greater risk of hospital readmission

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

(Fierce Healthcare) Hospitalized patients who are African American and/or on Medicaid face a greater chance of being readmitted to a hospital within one month of their first discharge, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The risk of readmission also went up among patients on high-risk medications and those who were dealing with congestive heart failure, renal disease, cancer, weight loss and iron deficiency anemia.

African Americans are 43 percent more likely to be readmitted after other variables are adjusted. People on Medicaid are 15 percent more likely to be readmitted.

“Many healthcare systems are now making efforts to improve the transition from hospital to home or nursing facility to try to reduce preventable readmissions but they need to know which patients to focus on to have the biggest impact,” Dr. Nazima Allaudeen, lead author of the study, noted in a press release. “Studies like ours should give practitioners direction to non-clinical factors to identify.”

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#Blacks, #Hispanics Less Likely Eligible for Medicare Prescription Help. #africanamerican #latino #healthcare

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

(Health Behavior News Service) Medicare’s Part D prescription medication management program, also known as Medication Therapy Management, could be off limits to some of the patients who need it most — older African-Americans and Hispanics — a new study finds.

Medicare introduced the program, Medication Therapy Management or MTM, in 2006 as part of the Part D prescription drug program. MTM provides face-to-face counseling, phone consultation or consultations by mail with pharmacists or other health care providers to help people with chronic illness resolve problems with taking medications. The goal is to improve patient health, reduce costs and minimize side effects.

In 2010, to be eligible for the program, a person must be enrolled in the Medicare Part D drug program, have at least three chronic health conditions, take eight or more medications covered by Part D and spend at least $3,000 yearly on the medications.

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