For the first time, the federal government has made public chargemaster data for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups or DRGs. Hospital prices vary widely even within the same city or region. >>>
In the Leapfrog Group's third release of hospital safety grades, overall scores rose minutely, but more hospitals got worse than got better. "So far, these numbers aren't really moving," says CEO Leah Binder. >>>
The federal government's inpatient admissions guidelines and growing claims denials are heaping pressure on hospitals to treat Medicare patients in the ED rather than admit them. Meantime, the severity of illness is rising, says the American Hospital Association. >>>
Nearly 250 patients, alleging they underwent unnecessary stent procedures at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, have agreed to an undisclosed medical malpractice settlement with the medical center and its former owner, Catholic Health Initiatives. >>>
The number of hospitalizations for pressure ulcers is on the rise, but simple sensor technology has been demonstrated to reduce potential tissue damage to pressure points on torsos and heels between 56 and 63 percent. >>>
One-third of US hospitals have garnered at least one distinction from a major rating group or company. With so many other organizations receiving similar accolades, how can promoting a top quality award have any real meaning? >>>
While patient flow and practice efficiency were once the primary focus of medical directors in physician practices, directors are now shifting their focus toward delivering value and clinical quality. >>>
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