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Just 34 hospitals voluntarily submitted electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data to the Joint Commission in 2015. For 2016, the number reporting skyrocketed to 436 hospitals, according to the commission’s annual report.

Dozens of new or revised elements of performance have been included in the Joint Commission’s new emergency management standards, which will be the basis for accreditation surveys beginning on Nov. 15.

A “C” grade was the most common for hospitals analyzed in the fall edition of the Leapfrog Group’s hospital safety grades report, the first to include results for Maryland hospitals.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, said the agency is launching a new initiative called “Meaningful Measures” aimed at focusing quality reporting on outcome-based measures, rather than processes.

U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes for its 2017-18 Best Nursing Home list. Some 2,285 of them—15 percent of all of those evaluated—made the list by earning a rating of 4.5 or higher on a 5-point scale.


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Website contains pricing data for more than 40 commercially insured individuals

A website launched this week hopes to bring more transparency to healthcare prices. The website, called Guroo, contains data derived from three billion claims from more than 40 million individuals with private commercial insurance.

Study reveals physicians should include patients in decisions about cancer care

Patients with cancer were more likely to report they received better quality of care if they had a role in their treatment decisions, according to a recent survey.

Readmission rates following surgeries in U.S. hospitals

Nearly 6 percent of people who underwent surgery were readmitted within 30 days, according to an analysis of U.S. hospitals.

Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim top NCQA’s list of best insurance plans

The National Community for Quality Assurance, a private non-profit organization focused on improving healthcare quality, has ranked Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim as the top insurers based on their quality measures from three performance subcategories—consumer experience, prevention and treatment—and NCQA accreditation.

Government’s new QIO contractors are not working out, hospital groups say

Putting hospital staff seeking to file an appeal request on hold for six hours, no secure way to file documentation electronically, lost paperwork, taking 10 days to issue a discharge appeal decision and other serious customer service issues have led the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) to conclude that the transition to the new national Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program contractors for Beneficiary and Family Centered Care is “not working as it should.”

Study finds patient satisfaction and care quality don’t correlate

John Hopkins researchers interviewed 177 hospitalized patients on their day of discharge and found that while most described themselves as “very satisfied” with their care, the degree to which they shared understanding with their clinicians of their diagnoses, medication indications and tests/procedures was fairly low.

CMS suspends data collection of sepsis and septic shock data from hospitals

In a letter sent to hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it is suspending data collection for the Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Management Bundle measure (NQF #0500) until further notice.

Massachusetts stats show better safety reporting can make problem seem worse

Quality and safety improvement begins with accurate measurement of the problem, including recording every incident regardless of whether a patient was seriously harmed or not. However, recent data from Massachussetts shows that better measurement can create a drastic increase in the rate of adverse events — in this case an attention grabing jump of 70 percent in one year.

Tennessee hospitals’ surgical quality collaboration saved 533 lives, $75 million

New results from the 22-hospital Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC) indicate that in just three years, the 10 original hospitals that formed the collaborative were able to reduce surgical complications by 19.7 percent and 30-day mortality by 31.5 percent. The hospitals’ researchers say this equates to at least 533 lives saved and $75.2 million in reduced costs.

NQF to study sociodemographic risk adjustment of hospital performance measures

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Board of Directors has approved a robust trial to measure the potential impact and implications of creating a risk factor that would adjust relevant hospital payment quality measures to take into account the challenges presented in achieving the same outcomes for patients with low socioeconomic and/or minority status as for those who are more well off economically and not minorities.