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In a letter to CMS, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked what legal barriers are standing in the way of the agency making hospital inspections done by private accrediting organizations public, reigniting debate over a regulatory change hospitals strongly opposed earlier this year.

Only a handful of healthcare markets have been given high star ratings by CMS across four different sectors, according to a study published in The BMJ, suggesting either high-quality care at one facility isn’t “dependent on or improves” quality in another or the ratings themselves are flawed.

At least 35 Florida hospitals closed ahead of Hurricane Irma hitting the state last weekend, with dozens more still operating on backup power as recovery efforts continue.

Several Florida hospitals which sit in the path Hurricane Irma is expected to take this weekend have begun evacuating patients, while others will remain open during the storm and only postpone elective procedures.

The average time a patient spent waiting to see their physician was 20 minutes in 2016, a five-minute improvement from the previous year, according to a survey of more than 1,200 practices released by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

 

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Joint Commission’s ‘failure’ has senator asking how to make its inspections public

In a letter to CMS, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked what legal barriers are standing in the way of the agency making hospital inspections done by private accrediting organizations public, reigniting debate over a regulatory change hospitals strongly opposed earlier this year.

Few ‘high-quality’ healthcare markets exist

Only a handful of healthcare markets have been given high star ratings by CMS across four different sectors, according to a study published in The BMJ, suggesting either high-quality care at one facility isn’t “dependent on or improves” quality in another or the ratings themselves are flawed.

Florida nursing home with 8 post-Irma deaths has checkered safety record

Eight residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Florida, died Sept. 13, supposedly of heat-related causes. The facility had a history of problems with its generator and its owner was once implicated in a $15 million healthcare fraud case.

Florida hospitals returning to normal after Irma

At least 35 Florida hospitals closed ahead of Hurricane Irma hitting the state last weekend, with dozens more still operating on backup power as recovery efforts continue.

Florida hospitals brace for Hurricane Irma

Several Florida hospitals which sit in the path Hurricane Irma is expected to take this weekend have begun evacuating patients, while others will remain open during the storm and only postpone elective procedures.

Wait times down 5 minutes in 2016

The average time a patient spent waiting to see their physician was 20 minutes in 2016, a five-minute improvement from the previous year, according to a survey of more than 1,200 practices released by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Only 3.3% of ED visits are avoidable

Health systems looking to limit overutilization of healthcare services may not find much to combat in the emergency department (ED), where only 3.3 percent of visits between 2005 and 2011 were classified as “unavoidable,” according to a study published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Medicare Shared Savings ACOs saved $1B over 3 years

Accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program reduced Medicare spending by almost $1 billion, with ACOs saving more as the program progressed.

No consensus on what defines a ‘high-performing’ health system

If you’re looking for a strict definition of what makes for a “high-performing” health system, you’re out of luck, according to a new study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Evidence lacking that Medicaid APMs deliver on promises of reduced costs, better quality

All states are adopting value-based reimbursement models for Medicaid, but there’s limited evidence on how these alternative payment models (APMs) back up claims of reducing costs while improving care quality.

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