Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

Every Friday NCQA gives a rundown of some of the health care news stories from the past week. Here are some of our picks for this week:

  • New regulations would require modernizing nursing home care. [Kaiser Health News]
  • How CVS quit smoking and grew into a health care giant. [The New York Times]
  • Paying doctors for end-of-life planning expected to cut down on unwanted, unnecessary care. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Almost all doctors admit they work sick, a recent study shows. [NBC News]
  • Medicare’s advanced care reimbursements are a first step. [HealthLeaders Media]
  • The modern doctors’ house call: Skype chat and a fast diagnosis. [The New York Times]
  • Per-visit out-of-pocket costs rose by 3.5%, or about $1 last year, while deductibles rose by about $8. [The Hill]
  • An aggressive mammography does not reduce deaths. [JAMA Internal Medicine]
  • One-third of hospitalizations in 2012 involved mental and substance use disorders. [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality]
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announces a new initiative to promote value-based home health care. [The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services]
  • A twelve month enrollment, or one until the end of the year, best reduces Medicaid churn. [The Commonwealth Fund]

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