You are here

Quality

 

In a letter to CMS, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked what legal barriers are standing in the way of the agency making hospital inspections done by private accrediting organizations public, reigniting debate over a regulatory change hospitals strongly opposed earlier this year.

Only a handful of healthcare markets have been given high star ratings by CMS across four different sectors, according to a study published in The BMJ, suggesting either high-quality care at one facility isn’t “dependent on or improves” quality in another or the ratings themselves are flawed.

At least 35 Florida hospitals closed ahead of Hurricane Irma hitting the state last weekend, with dozens more still operating on backup power as recovery efforts continue.

Several Florida hospitals which sit in the path Hurricane Irma is expected to take this weekend have begun evacuating patients, while others will remain open during the storm and only postpone elective procedures.

The average time a patient spent waiting to see their physician was 20 minutes in 2016, a five-minute improvement from the previous year, according to a survey of more than 1,200 practices released by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

 

Recent Headlines

Patient safety indicators need to be optimized

A link between patient safety indicators (PSIs) and patient outcomes can be found—but only after researchers went deeper than claims data would allow and questioned the accuracy of billing based on PSIs.

Financial penalties successful in reducing readmissions

Being penalized under the Hospitals Readmissions Reduction Act (HRRA) led to lower 30-day readmissions at those hospitals compared to non-penalized facilities, according to a study published in JAMA.

Female physicians have lower mortality, readmission rates

Elderly patients have better outcomes when hospitalized if cared for by a female physician than a male, according to a Harvard University study published in JAMA Internal Medicine

FDA finalizes ban on powdered gloves

Beginning January 19, 2017, powdered medical gloves will be banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which cites “an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury.”

Joint Commission explains safety goals on UTIs caused by catheters

The Joint Commission has released a report offering the rationale behind its updated safety goals on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) for hospitals.

$28 billion saved by patient safety efforts

Hospital-acquired infections and the deaths caused by them plunged between 2010 and 2015, according to a new report released by HHS.

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.

Pages