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The establishment of a primary care-led regional health improvement collaboration in the Cleveland area reduced hospitalizations attributed to conditions like heart failure and bacterial pneumonia, saving nearly $40 million, according to a study published in the February 2017 issue of Health Affairs.

In a single year, more than 600,000 patients in Washington state received services that would be considered low value or wasteful, resulting in $282 million in unnecessary healthcare spending.

A five-star rating on CMS’s Nursing Home Compare website may not equate to “five-star service,” according to a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) study that found nursing homes’ scores may be artificially inflated.

A study from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) found the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) has largely achieved its goals—and contrary to the findings of an earlier study, it didn’t increase mortality rates.

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission which offer services for labor and delivery will have three new documentation elements of performance (EPs) beginning on July 1.

 

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Higher CMS star rating associated with lower patient mortality and readmissions.

A study of more than 3,000 hospitals found patient ratings, based on quality scores from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-star hospital rating system, had an association with the rate of patient mortality and readmissions.

Report identifies 6 practices to improve healthcare for disadvantaged populations

A new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies six promising practices to improve healthcare for individuals in disadvantaged populations.

2 Utah hospitals take home patient safety awards

Two hospitals in Utah are among the facilities that received a 2016 Women’s Choice Award for patient safety. Jordan Valley Medical Center in West Jordan, Utah, and Jordan Valley Medical Center-West Valley Campus in West Valley Campus, Utah, announced earning the awards earlier today.

CDC recognizes leaders in VTE prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized eight hospitals and healthcare systems as Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Champions for their success in implementing innovative and effective ways to prevent venous thromboembolism in healthcare settings.

Value-based payment modifier results: Less than 1% of groups earn bonuses

CMS has posted results from its implementation of the ACA’s value-based payment modifier program, and out of more than 13,800 eligible physician groups, just 128 groups—less than one percent—will receive “upward adjustments,” or bonuses, for strong performances. The rate for those adjustments is quoted as 15.92 percent, or 31.84 percent for some groups that treated high-risk beneficiaries.

Skip the surgery and pop the placebo, writes cheeky surgeon-author

Any surgery carries risk, which is why decisions to put patients under the knife should be carefully considered. However, one surgeon is calling attention to the fact that some common procedures end up being about as effective as a placebo procedure would have been—and the placebo would have cost a lot less while doing the patient zero harm.

Healthgrades announces 2016 Best Hospital lists, shares new infographic

Healthgrades has released both its America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals list for 2016 and a new infographic that details the importance of researching hospitals before sickness makes finding one an urgent necessity.

Infographic: Medical malpractice by the numbers

It's an unfortunate and unescapable fact: medical malpractice happens. And when it does, it affects not only the patients and doctors involved, but also the healthcare community as a whole. Get an inside look at medical malpractice in this exclusive infographic.

VA hospitals have lower mortality than non-VA hospitals in 3 hard-case categories

VA hospitals have been objectively measured against non-VA counterparts on some key performance indicators, and the former have defied their troubled reputation: They emerge from the statistical comparison looking, on average, quite competitively competent.

CMS penalizes 758 hospitals for poor performance on hospital-acquired conditions

For fiscal year 2016, 758 hospitals were penalized under the hospital-acquired condition (HAC) reduction program. They will have their reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced by 1 percent for all Medicare discharges between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.

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