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University of Michigan researchers found no association between prescribing more opioid painkillers to postoperative patients and higher pain management scores on patient satisfaction surveys, undercutting physicians’ perceptions that they’ve been incentivized to prescribe the potentially addictive drugs.  

Posting about nursing home residents on Facebook, Snapchat or other forms of social media “violates more codes than you could ever imagine,” according to the Joint Commission, which advised facilities to draft their own social media policies.

CMS had expected more than half of Medicare providers to be exempt from the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its first year. That ended up being a low estimate, as CMS said 65 percent have been notified they won’t be participating in MIPS for 2017.

The claims that larger, higher priced providers outperform lower-priced practices on quality and efficiency of care don’t hold up, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School researchers.

Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, gave a harsh assessment of current quality measurement processes at a Health Affairs forum in Washington, D.C. 

 

Recent Headlines

The best, worst teaching hospitals on central line infections

Consumer Reports’ analysis on hospital-acquired infections found some “sobering" results when it came to teaching hospitals, with 31 making its list of low-performing facilities.

Doctor interaction plays role in heart patient outcomes, study finds

Increased collaboration among doctors could result in better patient outcomes, particularly when treating heart surgery patients, new research finds.

Joint Commission reports improvements in hospital safety, quality

Patient care at Joint Commission-accredited hospitals improved in 2015, according to the group’s annual hospital safety and quality report.

20 hospitals get failing safety grade from Leapfrog

New measures did little to change the grade distribution in the Leapfrog Group’s fall 2016 Hospital Safety Scores report.

ACC, AHA combining hospital accreditation services

Hospitals seeking cardiovascular accreditation services will no longer have to go to the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) separately beginning in 2017.

Aging gracefully? Older blood just as effective in transfusions

How long a hospital has been storing blood doesn’t appear to have an effect on mortality, alleviating concerns about whether fresh blood was better for patients who need a transfusion.

CMS star ratings criticized for ignoring socioeconomic factors

CMS’s star rating system is more about the affluence of patients than quality of care, argued Missouri Health Association CEO Herb Kuhn and Vice President of Research and Analytics Mat Reidhead.

CMS funding quality initiatives focused on both local and national improvement

CMS has announced new awards to a dozen regional organizations to create new initiatives or expand existing plans for improving quality for Medicare beneficiaries.

Healthgrades ranks top 50 hospitals based on clinical outcomes

The annual report by Healthgrades listing the top 50 hospitals based solely on clinical outcomes has been released, and 22 states don’t have a single hospital which made the cut.

‘It’s an outrage’: Psychiatric patients face long waits, stays in unprepared EDs

Patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies may wait for up to five days for a bed in an emergency department, according to a survey released by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

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