Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  • The ratings aim to encourage continuous improvement in the patient experience, says CMS. But the AHA says the ratings come with "a risk of oversimplifying the complexity of quality care" in hospitals.

  • Virtually every member of Congress who voted for H.R.2 can tell his or her constituents, in all honesty, that the bill keeps the doors open for critical healthcare programs in their districts.

  • Researchers discover that in the majority of incidents, the security and privacy of patient health data is compromised by the theft of paper or electronic medical records rather than computer system hacking.

  • Learn how hospitals, health systems, and health plans can adapt to current changes in the healthcare delivery system and prepare for bigger shifts ahead. This report is based on an extraordinary gathering of healthcare executives representing top organizations from around the country. [PDF]

  • A paper by the chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center finds "very little evidence" that the 30-day readmissions measure of quality "has any effect on overall survival." In fact, he says it, "drives a lot of doctors and hospitals crazy."

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by JOHN COMMINS | 04/20/2015

Greater access to healthcare services for residents living outside metro New Orleans is one of the aims of a proposed collaboration between Louisiana's largest not-for-profit, academic health system and a not-for-profit community hospital.


by TINKER READY | 04/20/2015

"If we are going to lower spending in healthcare, we're going to have less revenue coming into our organizations. And, that should happen," says George Kerwin.


by CHERYL CLARK | 04/17/2015

The ratings aim to encourage continuous improvement in the patient experience, says CMS. But the AHA says the ratings come with "a risk of oversimplifying the complexity of quality care" in hospitals.


by JOYCE FRIEDEN, NEWS EDITOR, MEDPAGE TODAY | 04/17/2015

Providers who switch from one electronic health record to another do so to add more functionality, but often it doesn't make them more satisfied, according to a recently published survey. From MedPage Today.


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