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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

CMS announces two new models for testing shared decision-making

CMS is asking for applications to test two different approaches to shared decision-making: one for accountable care organizations (ACOs) and another for care outside of office visits.  

21 states have no hospitals on Leapfrog Group’s 2016 award lists

The Leapfrog Group has named the recipients of its 2016 Top Hospital awards for children’s, rural, teaching and general hospitals.  

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.

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