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PCORI Nails Down a Definition, at Last

Cheryl Clark

After a year of countless drafts and re-writes, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has finally come to agreement on a definition of PCOR. What was once a patchwork of phrases and concepts is now a 210-word key to unlocking a sizeable share of $3.5 billion in federal funding. >>>


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Most C. Diff Infections Start in Healthcare Facilities

Half of hospitalized patients treated for Clostridium difficileillness present already infected, and most cases are seen in patients with recent exposure to medical facilities such as outpatient surgery clinics and doctors' offices, a federal study shows. >>>

CMS Plan to Restrict Sale of Pain Drugs Opposed by AMA

A federal plan calling for Medicare Advantage Part D sponsors to deny potentially unsafe pain drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is drawing objection from the American Medical Association. >>>

Medicare Patients Given Fewer Treatment Options

More than one-third of Medicare patients who underwent a prostatectomy, and 90% who had elective insertion of a coronary stent, said their physicians gave them no advance information about more conservative options, says a survey conducted by the Dartmouth Institute and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. >>>

Belt Tightening Gets Tougher for Hospitals

Ongoing reductions in federal funding for healthcare in the fiscal 2013 budget and beyond could make it disproportionately more difficult and more expensive for hospitals that rely on Medicare to borrow money, Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

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Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare. >>>

News Headlines

PA patient-safety panel fighting governor's merger plan

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 8, 2012

FL hospital ordered to pay former child patient $15M

Herald-Tribune, March 8, 2012

Book excerpt: The Best Care Possible

The Atlantic, March 8, 2012

Doctors' pay rises with new patients

The Boston Globe, March 7, 2012

NC hospital's CMS funding in jeopardy

Statesville Record & Landmark, March 7, 2012

Reforming healthcare: OR steps well past federal model

Minnesota Public Radio, March 7, 2012

Providers Lag Behind Payers, Pharma on Data Exchange

HealthLeaders Media, March 6, 2012

Digital records may not cut health costs, study cautions

The New York Times, March 6, 2012

Cardiologist seeks trial in St. Joseph Medical Center suit

The Baltimore Sun, March 5, 2012

Obama's hospital funding cuts seen worsening primary care doctor shortage

Bloomberg, March 2, 2012

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Date: March 29, 2012
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