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What Happens When Quality Payment Incentives Stop?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
You don't have to go very far to hear about new bonuses or incentives being planned or implemented for providers and hospital chiefs to promote quality care. Rewards and bonuses always get our attention. But what happens when those incentives go away? Will that quality remain—or go away as well? [Read More]
May 13, 2010
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How Quality Will Pay for Hospitals Under New Reform Measures
While most hospitals have focused on promoting quality care at their facilities to help decrease costs, quality care will take on a somewhat different meaning under the new healthcare reform law: Hospitals will feel the pressure to maintain continuous quality improvement or risk being penalized under reform incentives scheduled over the next several years, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute report titled "Health Reform: Prospering in a Post Reform World." [Read More]

VA Assigns Levels of Inpatient Surgery Services
The Department of Veterans Affairs has become the first hospital system nationwide to develop and implement a new method of monitoring and classifying where complex and difficult inpatient surgeries should be performed. The standards are based on specific criteria among its 112 surgery programs to promote quality care and safer surgeries. [Read More]

USP Calls for Standardizing Prescription Container Labeling
To provide more consistent labeling that is easier to understand on dispensed prescription packages, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has issued a new set of recommendations to standardize the format, appearance, content, and language of prescription labels. [Read More]

Eleventh VRSA Case in U.S. Diagnosed; CDC Urges Diligence
Healthcare providers are being advised to increase vigilance for cases of vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus after the 11th case in the U.S. was detected earlier this month in the joint of a patient with end stage renal disease and diabetes. [Read More]
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