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Sharing Quality Lessons—and Health Records—with the Veterans Health Administration
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
As work continues throughout the country on seeking healthcare reform and improving quality of care, observing how veterans' healthcare has evolved in recent years could be very instructive to the private sector—in more ways than one. [Read More]
August 20, 2009
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Four Ways Health Reform Can Improve Patient Medication Adherence
Patients who do not take their medications as prescribed by their physicians are costing the American healthcare system as much as $290 billion annually in avoidable medical spending, or about 13% of total national healthcare expenditures, according to a new report from the nonprofit New England Healthcare Institute in Cambridge, MA. [Read More]

Expect Greater Focus on Safe Patient Handling from D.C.
Buying equipment and training nurses for safe patient handling costs money. But done well, such efforts can save cash through reduced sick days and workers' compensation claims. [Read More]

Medicare Distributes $12 Million in Bonuses for Hospital Quality
The 230 hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Premier healthcare alliance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration value based purchasing project raised their overall quality by an average of 17.2% during the fourth year of the project on delivery of 30 selected quality measures. As a result, they will now share $12 million in bonuses, according to data released by CMS. [Read More]

Four Lessons: Grand Junction Stands Out in the Healthcare Reform Debate
Last week, President Obama stopped in to talk about healthcare reform at a town meeting in Grand Junction, CO, a community of 120,000 people on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Grand Junction is described as having "one of the lowest cost, highest quality healthcare systems in the country" in a new report. [Read More]

Physician Groups Earn Over $25 Million for Quality Improvements
All 10 of the physician groups participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Physician Group Practice Demonstration achieved benchmark performance on at least 28 of the 32 measures reported in the third year of the pilot demonstration. As a result of their efforts to reduce the growth rate in Medicare expenditures, five of those physician groups are receiving performance payments totaling $25.3 million as part of their share of $32.3 million of savings generated for the Medicare Trust Funds for the year. [Read More]

CMS Plans National Quality Indicator Survey Implementation
Eleven states are currently at various points in implementation of the Quality Indicator Survey, a highly-structured two stage survey that changes the process by which nursing facilities are surveyed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that the rollout will continue with each remaining state required to initiate training and eventually employ the QIS in full. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Many Hospitalized Patients Leave Facilities Against Medical Advice
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - August 20, 2009

18 Medication Management Measures Released by National Quality Forum
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - August 20, 2009

In New Jersey, testing a new doctor-pay method
Philadelphia Inquirer - August 20, 2009

Medicare test pays for hospital performance
Wall Street Journal - August 17, 2009
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