HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Medicare HMOs fail to control costs of colon surgery in elderly patients

Tampa, FL (Dec. 20, 2004) -- The costs of caring for elderly Florida patients hospitalized for colon surgery are not reduced by Medicare HMOs, report University of South Florida researchers in the December issue of the Archives of Surgery.

Despite significantly shorter hospital stays, Medicare HMO beneficiaries who underwent colon resections -- surgery to remove a diseased section of the large intestines -- incurred the same overall hospital charges as patients covered by traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Consequently, the study found, daily hospital charges for the Medicare HMO group were higher than for the traditional Medicare group. The researchers assumed a direct relationship between hospital charges, available from the Agency for Health Care Administration's Florida database, and actual costs, which are difficult to obtain from hospital executives.

"The Medicare HMO model failed as a cost-saving measure in this particular instance," said the study's principal investigator Michel Murr, MD, an associate professor of surgery in the USF College of Medicine. "Our finding appears to be confirmed by the recent departure of major HMOs from the Medicare market in Florida."

Dr. Murr and his research team, headed by Dr. Jimmy Sung, examined the outcomes of all colon resections for patients age 70 and older in Florida from 1995 to 1999. Colon resection, usually performed to remove cancer, treat diverticulitis or remove a bowel blockage, is the most common abdominal surgery in elderly patients.

Regardless of the type of Medicare coverage, the researchers noted a 10 to 30 percent increase in hospital charges for colon resections in the four-year study period. Even with an older, frailer patient population and overall decline in length of hospital stay, deaths and complications from this procedure remained low.

The intention of Medicare HMOs is to reduce waste in the system by trying to eliminate unnecessary and inappr
'"/>

Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier
abaier@hsc.usf.edu
813-974-3300
University of South Florida Health
20-Dec-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Partnership for Prevention and ACPM commend expanded coverage of preventive services under Medicare
2. Lower drug prices could eliminate coverage gap in Medicare prescription drug plan
3. Long history of missed opportunities plague Medicare prescription drug benefit
4. Beneficiaries with chronic conditions still face high costs under new Medicare drug law
5. Extra Medicare payments for private health plans to total $2.75 billion in 2004
6. More risk factors for heart disease increase Medicare cost
7. Many low income Medicare beneficiaries will still face high drug bills under proposals in Congress
8. JAMA study: Medicare coverage boosts cancer, cholesterol screening for previously uninsured adults
9. Medicare+Choice enrollees face continued cost increases in 2003, costs have doubled since 1999
10. Trends in private Medicare+Choice plans provide warnings for Medicare debate
11. Competition among Medicare health plans not a cure-all

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/1/2020)... ... April 01, 2020 , ... ... of information under California law,” says Keller Grover LLP attorney Eric A. Grover. ... of data breaches and the negligent release and disclosure of medical information can, ...
(Date:3/28/2020)... ... March 27, 2020 , ... The construction industry is taking ... the coronavirus. Operating under the designation as an essential business as modified today ... protection projects in the downstate New York region. , While certain projects have ...
(Date:3/27/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2020 , ... ... reviewed and approved by NJ Top Docs. Dr. Kubeck has been approved every ... of Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in Spinal Surgery. , Dr. Kubeck’s medical ...
(Date:3/22/2020)... , ... March 21, 2020 , ... In partnership with ... to honor our community’s medical professionals and first responders. The title comes from the ... of the city and its flag. , Proceeds from the sale of the ...
(Date:3/20/2020)... ... , ... CommunityMed Urgent Care , based in Dallas, has rolled out ... patients present online, complete registration paperwork (including the latest COVID screening) provide IDs and ... signaled that their clean exam room is ready. All of this is done ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Energage, the leader in helping organizations establish ... of survey question packs that enable organizations to keep the lines of communication ... current situation continues to evolve, The Energage Operational Readiness Survey Packs offer scientifically ...
(Date:3/30/2020)... ... 2020 , ... FastMed Urgent Care , one of the nation’s largest ... . FastMed is offering its COVID-19 self-assessment tool as a free public service to ... series of questions that help assess the risk of coronavirus. , While FastMed ...
(Date:3/30/2020)... ... March 30, 2020 , ... Representatives with Miami-based ... A Technician' service. , "We are very excited to offer this service," said ... at the Institute of Tattoo Removal is available to answer any questions or ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: