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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. 

Hospitals in South Carolina that implemented a 19-point checklist for surgeons and the operating room team saw a 22 percent reduction in post-surgical deaths, according to a study due to be published in the August issue of Annals of Surgery.

Located more than 1,400 pages into the regulation, the provision means CMS would require the private health care accreditors it approves, such as the Joint Commission, to publicly detail problems they find during what have been confidential inspections of hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as the corrective actions taken afterward. 

A new optional certification is being developed by the Joint Commission for hospitals which “have the capability of providing high-quality endovascular thrombectomy for patients with ischemic stroke.”

Only 10 hospitals were given failing grades in the spring 2017 edition of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report, though “C” grades remained the most common and four states had no hospitals earning top marks. 

 

Recent Headlines

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.

Thanks to redundancies, system glitches present minor interruptions to radiologist workflow

Radiology IT system hiccups that result in downtimes are generally mild and only modestly impact radiologist workflows.

Website contains pricing data for more than 40 commercially insured individuals

A website launched this week hopes to bring more transparency to healthcare prices. The website, called Guroo, contains data derived from three billion claims from more than 40 million individuals with private commercial insurance.

Study reveals physicians should include patients in decisions about cancer care

Patients with cancer were more likely to report they received better quality of care if they had a role in their treatment decisions, according to a recent survey.

Readmission rates following surgeries in U.S. hospitals

Nearly 6 percent of people who underwent surgery were readmitted within 30 days, according to an analysis of U.S. hospitals.

Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim top NCQA’s list of best insurance plans

The National Community for Quality Assurance, a private non-profit organization focused on improving healthcare quality, has ranked Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim as the top insurers based on their quality measures from three performance subcategories—consumer experience, prevention and treatment—and NCQA accreditation.

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