American Heart Association

Big city hospitals severely penalized for Medicare readmissions

Big city hospitals in the United States have been severely penalized for readmission of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In 2013, 2,200 hospitals forfeited more than $280 million in Medicare funds due to readmission penalties […]

Hospital evaluations increase, but not created equally

The rate of available public information about healthcare and hospitals has gone from a trickle to a steady stream in the last decade. Now, patients and other consumers have a world of evaluations, ratings and rankings they can use to help them take charge of their healthcare.

But not all […]

Stephanie Dempsey testifies about the personal toll of chronic diseases

American Heart Association volunteer Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease.

The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon.

Dempsey, age 44, said she has suffered from multiple chronic conditions for […]

Reporting program certification to award incentives for healthcare improvements

The Guidelines Advantage, a healthcare improvement reporting program, was awarded a certification that allows doctors to use it to report quality information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The program, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association, was certified on Friday […]

Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

A home-based walking program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster, according to new research. The program was beneficial even 12 months after participants started it.

Supervised exercise can improve walking and lessen the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, but the benefits of a home-based walking program […]

Most people have access to stroke care, but few get recommended treatment

Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Of the more than 370,000 Medicare stroke claims […]

A consumer’s guide to the new Health Insurance Marketplace

This week marks the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which provides a single location for consumers to check out their health insurance options.

Whether you are uninsured and deciding about health insurance for the first time or already insured and trying to find better, more affordable coverage, the […]