The new policy is designed to combat “excess readmissions.” It went into effect this past October as part of the Affordable Care Act – meant to save the government more than a quarter billion dollars just over the next year.
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Dr. Michael Sparer is Professor and Department Chair of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Money and Medicine tackles the challenges of containing runaway health care spending.
Filmed at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah, Money & Medicine illuminates the powerful forces driving soaring healthcare costs, as well as proven strategies to effectively reign in excessive medical expenses.
The Money & Medicine viewer’s guides offers insight, analysis, background information and exclusive content for viewers to dissect as they screen this groundbreaking documentary for the first time.
When is it appropriate to use every available medical technology to extend life at all costs? When is it time to withdraw aggressive or invasive medical care? And, when does it make sense to opt for palliative or hospice care?
Since every dollar of so-called unnecessary spending is a dollar of income to a health care provider, reigning in health care spending is much more easily said than done. We examine this pressing medical, ethical, and financial challenge by examining the way we treat America’s number one killer, heart disease.
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