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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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Value-based payment modifier results: Less than 1% of groups earn bonuses

CMS has posted results from its implementation of the ACA’s value-based payment modifier program, and out of more than 13,800 eligible physician groups, just 128 groups—less than one percent—will receive “upward adjustments,” or bonuses, for strong performances. The rate for those adjustments is quoted as 15.92 percent, or 31.84 percent for some groups that treated high-risk beneficiaries.

Skip the surgery and pop the placebo, writes cheeky surgeon-author

Any surgery carries risk, which is why decisions to put patients under the knife should be carefully considered. However, one surgeon is calling attention to the fact that some common procedures end up being about as effective as a placebo procedure would have been—and the placebo would have cost a lot less while doing the patient zero harm.

Healthgrades announces 2016 Best Hospital lists, shares new infographic

Healthgrades has released both its America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals list for 2016 and a new infographic that details the importance of researching hospitals before sickness makes finding one an urgent necessity.

Infographic: Medical malpractice by the numbers

It's an unfortunate and unescapable fact: medical malpractice happens. And when it does, it affects not only the patients and doctors involved, but also the healthcare community as a whole. Get an inside look at medical malpractice in this exclusive infographic.

VA hospitals have lower mortality than non-VA hospitals in 3 hard-case categories

VA hospitals have been objectively measured against non-VA counterparts on some key performance indicators, and the former have defied their troubled reputation: They emerge from the statistical comparison looking, on average, quite competitively competent.

CMS penalizes 758 hospitals for poor performance on hospital-acquired conditions

For fiscal year 2016, 758 hospitals were penalized under the hospital-acquired condition (HAC) reduction program. They will have their reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced by 1 percent for all Medicare discharges between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.

Disney, Union Pacific executives discuss company wellness programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.--As companies aim to keep employees healthy and cut healthcare costs, wellness programs are becoming more popular.

Race and social class bias in surgical clinicians

A recent study found there was no correlation between acute care surgical clinicians’ unconscious race and/or social class biases and their patient management decisions.

Health plan member satisfaction improving

Members of 134 commercial health plans in 18 regions of the U.S. were more satisfied than in recent years with their coverage, according to a J.D. Power survey released on March 9.

Quality of care for patients with brain tumors differs depending on insurance status

Patients with brain tumors have an increased length of stay in hospitals, worse discharge outcomes and increased in-hospital mortality if they have Medicaid or no insurance compared with if they have private insurance.