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The annual hospital rankings from U.S. News and World Report will now be released a week later than scheduled after errors were discovered in data which affected 12 “data-driven specialty rankings.”

The U.S. Department of Justice charged 412 people, including 56 doctors, for allegedly participated in false billing schemes netting $1.3 billion, with many cases involving prescriptions of opioids or other narcotics.

CMS has proposed requiring private accrediting organizations (AOs), like the Joint Commission, to publicly release what have been confidential survey reports of hospitals. Dozens of AOs and the facilities they inspect asked the agency to take that change out of the final Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for 2018, arguing the reports shouldn’t be treated like healthcare quality data.

Coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges, where narrow network plans are dominant, is more likely to exclude doctors associated with National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Advance directives, like awarding power of attorney on health care decisions or completing a living will, haven’t been completed by most patients, including those with chronic illnesses, potentially complicating decisions by hospitals and physicians on end-of-life treatment.

 

Recent Headlines

Joint Commission proposes requirements for new stroke certification

A new optional certification is being developed by the Joint Commission for hospitals which “have the capability of providing high-quality endovascular thrombectomy for patients with ischemic stroke.”

The 10 hospitals given 'F' grades by Leapfrog

Only 10 hospitals were given failing grades in the spring 2017 edition of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report, though “C” grades remained the most common and four states had no hospitals earning top marks. 

Largest verdict against device maker? $454 million awarded in hospital gown lawsuit

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, known for its Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, has been hit with a $454 million jury verdict over a lawsuit claiming a former subsidiary misled buyers about the impermeability of its MicroCool surgical gowns.

Previews of your hospital’s star rating, quality data now available

Hospitals in CMS’s Inpatient Quality Reporting, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting programs can take an early look at the star rating and quality data before the public gets to see it later this year.

Improving patient experience is not ‘just about making the patients happy’

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System has been called a facility “in the worst of America’s healthcare system,” serving the same areas depicted in the HBO crime drama “The Wire” and near the site of riots in 2015. 

Patient experience can be indicator of hospital financial performance

Performance on patient experience scores can impact the cash flow and operating profit margins of hospitals, which may mean organizations have to align quality metrics and leadership to influence patients’ perceptions of their care.

Summa Health loses appeal to save accreditation for ER residency program

Accreditation won’t be restored to the emergency department residency program at Ohio-based Summa Health System after its appeal was denied by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

D.C. hospital first to receive Joint Commission/AABB blood transfusion certification

The Joint Commission and the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) has awarded its first Patient Blood Management Certification to MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Joint Commission proposes changes to patient suicide risk policies

The Joint Commission has begun accepting comments on proposed revisions to National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) requirements to “better identify and care” for patients who may be at risk of attempting suicide.

Mortality improves during surprise Joint Commission inspections

When Joint Commission inspectors are conducting hospital surveys, 30-day mortality rates “significantly” improve, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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