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How IPPS Proposed Rules Would Affect Quality Measures

Cheryl Clark

The latest proposed rules for how federal payers would reimburse hospitals call for important changes in the way healthcare quality is measured—and should prompt quality leaders to consider refocusing their resources. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medicare's 'No-Pay' HAI Policy Reshifts Hospital Priorities

Hospitals have been bolstering efforts to avoid healthcare-associated infections in response to payment rules, but those efforts come at the expense of other quality endeavors, says a report from Harvard Medical School. >>>

CMS Plan Would Tie Efficiency Scores to Hospital Payments

Efficiency scores measure cost per Medicare beneficiary at acute care hospitals and could mean as much as $200,000 for every $1 million of incentive payments in the value-based purchasing pool. But some hospitals say the scores are neither fair nor accurate. >>>

In Transfusion, More Blood Means More Risk, Higher Cost

Variations in transfusion thresholds mean that many surgeons put patients in harm's way by transfusing more blood than necessary for good outcomes, raising risk and costs, researchers say. >>>

How Predictive Modeling Cuts Readmissions

With the threat of reimbursement losses for preventable 30-day readmissions, healthcare organizations are analyzing care transitions used in tandem with predictive models to keep patients from returning to their facilities unnecessarily. >>>

Nurses Shining Exception to Public's Dim View of Healthcare

As industries go, the public's view of healthcare ranks it near the bottom. Nurses, however, are held in high regard for their perceived honesty and ethical standards. >>>

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Date: May 15, 2012
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News Headlines

Debate over who should be allowed to administer anesthesia moves to courts

The New York Times, May 3, 2012

Big data and the "Tipping Point" in quantified health

Xconomy, May 3, 2012

Letting families stay in the trauma ward

The New York Times, May 2, 2012

Law professor: Medical apology programs might manipulate patients

WBUR, May 2, 2012

ER doctors face dilemma on painkillers

The New York Times, May 1, 2012

EHR rules may be too ambitious, says AHA

Bloomberg, May 1, 2012

4 medical implants that escaped FDA scrutiny

ProPublica, May 1, 2012

VA nurses scrutinized after patient deaths in 2 states

ProPublica, May 1, 2012

A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

The Boston Globe, April 30, 2012

Jury orders Spectrum Health to pay $755,000 to woman who developed flesh-eating bacteria

The Grand Rapids Press, April 27, 2012

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

Date: May 30, 2012
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From HealthLeaders Magazine


Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>


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