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How Far Will CMS Go?
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
As I was putting together this week's edition of QualityLeaders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid released nine new proposed "never events" that hospitals won't be reimbursed for if they are acquired while a patient is receiving care at the organization. But the nine new additions to the "won't reimburse" list aren't much of a surprise to anyone. [Read More]
April 17, 2008
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Nine new 'never events' aim to cut costs
As I referenced above, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed adding dangerous blood clots in the leg and eight other conditions to the list of complications that Medicare won't pay to treat if they were acquired at the hospital. The proposed rule would add nine conditions to the eight already outlined, and would apply to more than 3,500 acute care hospitals. [Read More]

One hundred dollars for your billing info
An Ohio health system is offering $100 to patients who are willing to share their hospital bills and insurance coverage information. The offer corresponds with the health system's efforts to help potential patients determine the costs of acquiring care at its hospitals and its competitors. [Read More]

Progress is painfully slow
It's been more than eight years since To Err is Human detailed just how deadly hospital errors can be to patients, writes the director of the Center for Medical Consumers in this op-ed piece, but progress in changing the likelihood of a patient being harmed has been just too slow. [Read More]

Infections more rampant than CDC will admit
A commentary in Tuesday's edition of The Washington Times says that the hospital-acquired infection rates reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Infection are much lower than reality. The writer, chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, says that the CDC's numbers are an "irresponsible guestimate" of what's going on in our hospitals. [Read More]

Hospitals are unprepared for boomer care
America's hospitals aren't ready to handle caring for the aging baby boomer population, says a report from the Institute of Medicine. There aren't enough doctors to effectively treat patients and the turnover rate of caregivers means that we'll soon reach a crisis-level shortage in staff. [Read More]

This Weeks Headlines

Briefer hospitalizations are not always best, study finds
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 15, 2008

Florida's hospital care falls below U.S. norm, study says
Orlando Sentinel - April 17, 2008

Massachusetts hospital kicks off handwashing campaign
Milford Daily News - April 17, 2008

Hospital's program makes progress against MRSA
The Daily Reflector - April 17, 2008

Caution urged on infection rate data
The Patriot News - April 17, 2008

Maryland hospital fined in two radiation dosage errors
Baltimore Sun - April 11, 2008

The Joint Commission issues warning on medication mix-ups for kids
AP/Yahoo News - April 11, 2008

Senator wants stronger oversight of hospital
NewsDay - April 17, 2008

AHRQ chief champions use of pharmacists in emergency department
Medical News Today - April 17, 2008

Pennsylvania study tracks hospital infection
Philadelphia Inquirer - April 10, 2008

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