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Stop Using In-Hospital Mortality Rates to Judge Quality

Cheryl Clark

A paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights a stunning weakness in the method by which many payers measure quality through fatal outcomes. >>>


Editor's Picks

Top 12 Healthcare Quality Concerns in 2012

It's tough to pin down only a dozen worrisome quality matters, but drug shortages, transparent quality rankings, and 30-day readmissions rules weigh heavily on the minds of providers. >>>

ACP Issues Revised Ethics Manual

In the first rewrite of its ethics manual since 2005, the American College of Physicians offers new guidance on longstanding issues such as end-of-life care, physician-industry relations, and ethics in medical research. >>>

4 Simmering Crises Congress Must Face in 2012

Congressional leaders will face a heap of healthcare concerns when they return to Washington. Four matters demand their immediate attention, including rancor over the continually delayed "doc fix," and anger over changes to the medical loss ratio. >>>

CMS's Proposed Hospital Staffing Revisions Get Cool Reception

A rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow changes in the governance structure and medical staffing at hospitals has garnered little support from public comments. >>>

News Headlines

Lawsuit accuses company of fraudulently cycling patients through hospice care

Kaiser Health News, January 5, 2012

Opinion: Hospital CEO paid $60,000 bribe to senator to keep hospital open

Forbes, January 5, 2012

Study: Drug research routinely suppressed

Journal Sentinel, January 4, 2012

US Senator targets drug shortages, "gray market" hoarding

The Connecticut Mirror, January 5, 2012

Nowhere to go, patients linger in hospitals, at a high cost

The New York Times, January 3, 2012

Less than 1 percent of hospitals fully use tablets

Mobile Health News, January 3, 2012

New ACO model could save $1.1B

InformationWeek, December 30, 2011

CMS seeks input from Medicare plans on star rating methodology

BNA, December 30, 2011

Should doctors nap on the job?

Time, December 30, 2011

Preventive care: It's free, except when it's not

The Plain Dealer/Associated Press, December 29, 2011

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2011

Determination and a willingness to take a chance are among the qualities we see in our annual HealthLeaders 20 as they set about dedicating their professional lives to making a difference for good in healthcare. >>>


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