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New Medicare Payment Map and other Health GIS News

Thursday, November 29th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

Medicare uses geographic adjustments to pay more in areas deemed to have higher costs of providing care to seniors. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services employs a patchwork of 89 pay locales to set rates in a budget-neutral environment. As a result, a doctor treating a Medicare patient in midtown Manhattan receives more than a doctor providing the same service in rural West Virginia.

Several states and organizations have suggested its time to reform not only the regional boundaries, but perhaps the whole payment scheme. However, many factors impact what fee is paid in what location.

- American Medical News

A new study by Census Tract rather than county finds that California's Marin County, already known as a hot spot in the Bay Area, has company.

Researchers with the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project say they’ve also found a higher rate of breast cancer — defined as 10 to 20 percent above statewide average — in parts of Alameda, Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Contra Costa Counties.

Researchers are not discussing the "why" yet, just the where.

- Full Report (PDF)

- KQED

The Leapfrog Group yesterday released its new Hospital Safety Scores based on 26 measures of data involving preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections for all of the nation’s general acute-care hospitals. For the first time, the group gave out grades of D and F.

New Jersey got no Fs. There's a Google thematic point map of the state data illustrating the article in NJ Spotlight, but no analysis is provided. I wonder why they were mapped? Because they could?

The organization provides state rankings and a search tool (hosptial name/ZIP Code)  but no maps. I'm sure someone will map these data - and try to analyze them.

via NJ Spotlight

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