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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. 


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How ‘decision fatigue’ may lead physicians to prescribe more antibiotics

Physicians tend to write more prescriptions for antibiotics later in the day, according to a review of prescription data by athenahealth, which may be due to a concept called “decision fatigue.”

U.S. death rate rises for the first time in 10 years

Even when taking into account the aging population, the death rate in the U.S. for 2015 increased for the first time in 22 years, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CMS asks for proposals to reduce readmissions by 12% by 2019

CMS has released a request for proposals for hospital improvement plans with the goal of cutting 30-day hospital readmissions by 12 percent and reducing patient harm by 20 percent.

ACA hasn’t stopped sales of short-term, limited benefit insurance plans

Health insurance policies that don’t include common benefits are becoming more popular, according to the San Francisco Chronicleeven though the coverage may not meet the Affordable Care Act’s standards.

Kentucky clinic CEO convicted in $16M Medicare fraud, drug trafficking scheme

A husband and wife team at a Hazard, Ky.-based medical clinic have been found guilty of more than 180 charges, ranging from illegal drug distribution to healthcare fraud. 

Primary care doctors struggle with discussing long-term prognosis with patients

Despite clinical guidelines to incorporate long-term prognosis into decision making, several factors may lead primary care physicians to avoid following through on those recommendations.

Higher CMS star rating associated with lower patient mortality and readmissions.

A study of more than 3,000 hospitals found patient ratings, based on quality scores from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-star hospital rating system, had an association with the rate of patient mortality and readmissions.

Report identifies 6 practices to improve healthcare for disadvantaged populations

A new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies six promising practices to improve healthcare for individuals in disadvantaged populations.

2 Utah hospitals take home patient safety awards

Two hospitals in Utah are among the facilities that received a 2016 Women’s Choice Award for patient safety. Jordan Valley Medical Center in West Jordan, Utah, and Jordan Valley Medical Center-West Valley Campus in West Valley Campus, Utah, announced earning the awards earlier today.

CDC recognizes leaders in VTE prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized eight hospitals and healthcare systems as Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Champions for their success in implementing innovative and effective ways to prevent venous thromboembolism in healthcare settings.