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Hospital Readmissions, Mortality Incentives Alarmingly Misaligned

Cheryl Clark

Why does the Affordable Care Act impose much stiffer financial penalties on hospitals with higher 30-day readmission rates than for hospitals with higher 30-day mortality? Isn't preventing death, the ultimate bad outcome, much more important to incentivize? >>>


Editor's Picks

IPPS Proposed Rules Clarify Readmissions Penalties

The proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rules outline a final methodology to calculate penalties for hospitals with high rates of 30-day readmissions and promise to boost Medicare payments to eligible acute care hospitals. >>>

Henry Ford Health System's Bold Goal to Cut Harm in Half

All hospitals have patient safety programs meant to reduce harm. Henry Ford Health System in Detroit set a system-wide goal to cut harm events by 50%. It had to overcome arguments about preventability and feasibility, and now shows quantifiable improvements. >>>

CABG Readmissions Data Added to CA Outcome Reports

California is the second state to include rates of 30-day readmission in its annual report on coronary artery bypass graft surgery outcomes. >>>

CLABSI Rates Down 32%, Says CDC

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control has released state-level, standardized infection ratio figures for central line-associated bloodstream infections in all 50 states. >>>

Infection Control's 78% Solution

One of the best things a hospital can do to improve infection control monitoring is to hire a certified infection prevention official. A study shows that they are associated with significantly lower rates of MRSA bloodstream infections. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Lower Costs, Boost Productivity in Your Emergency Department

Date: April 30, 2012
LAST CHANCE: Increase emergency department throughput with proven cost-reduction and efficiency improvement strategies from three ED leaders at BestPractices, Ochsner Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit speaker questions to guide the discussion and ensure you get the answers your organization needs. >>>

News Headlines

Why Kill the Medicare Advantage Demo?

HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

Community Engagement Roles Here to Stay

HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

LA bets on crusading doctor to turn around public health system

NPR, April 25, 2012

Cancel Medicare Advantage Demo, Says GAO

HealthLeaders Media, April 24, 2012

Asthma initiative reduces ER visits with healthcare home visits

The Atlantic, April 24, 2012

Doctor's primary concern with primary care

The Boston Globe, April 24, 2012

3 Mass. ERs cited for denial of care

The Boston Globe, April 23, 2012

Leaders Weigh in on Defensive Medicine

HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2012

Reinventing the third-year medical student

The New York Times, April 20, 2012

DIY doctor reduces cost of surgery

CNBC, April 20, 2012

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Rounds: 4 Steps to Lasting Clinical Excellence from Henry Ford Health System

Date: May 1, 2012
LAST CHANCE: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Henry Ford Health System for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event and learn new fundamentals for patient safety, readmissions, integration, and process improvement. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the event to receive exclusive content. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine


The End of Us vs. Them

With economic incentives aligning for hospitals and physicians as never before, the need on both sides to dispense with blame has never been so critical. >>>


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