Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults are seeking medical care. The 2016 National Pain Strategy called for more precise estimates of chronic pain to aid in the development and implementation of pain interventions.
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The forecast for medical costs have stabilized for employers, however it is still more than double the Consumer Price Index says the PwC Health Research Institute in their June report. With all of the recent employer “wellness” efforts, employee medical costs continue to grow. So, why are costs still increasing?
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to their systems to provide better access to hospital price information and patient security. The proposed rule will update Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS).