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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

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).

CMS primary care initiative meeting quality, savings goals

The second year of results from CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative were largely positive, according to the agency, with 95 percent of participating practices meeting quality requirements and generating $57.7 million in gross savings.

Understaffing, outdated technology plague Native American hospitals

Substandard care at hospitals operated by the Indian Health Service isn’t a new issue, but a new report offered some specific reasons why the facilities have such severe deficiencies.

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