CNN Money is reporting that the Walgreen's pharmacy chain is planning to start selling health insurance in its stores "through a private insurance exchange." According to the article, Walgreen's is neither confirming nor denying the report.
CMS is holding a conference call tomorrow beginning at noon to discuss the Affordable Care Act's funding opportunity for so-called CO-OP plans.
Kaiser Health News reports on the seven U.S. hospitals with the worst readmission rates for patients suffering from heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia:
The hospitals were:
- San Juan VA Medical Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Florida Hospital in Orlando
- Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields, Ill.
- Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston
- Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Their rates ranged between 20 percent and 31 percent of patients being readmitted within 30 days of discharge.
- Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, N.Y.
Another 54 hospitals had worse-than-expected rates for two of the three types of patients, and 231 hospitals had worse-than-expected readmission rates for one of the three categories.
The readmission rates are posted on the CMS Hospital Compare website.