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MUCking Around for New Quality Measures

Cheryl Clark

'Tis the season when CMS looks at a long list of proposed quality measures, any one of which might reveal which healthcare providers are delivering care that is very, very good. >>>


Editor's Picks

1 in 5 CT Screenings for Lung Cancer Results in Overdiagnosis

"Some of these individuals would never have known they had lung cancer, and never would have been treated for lung cancer… and would have died from other causes rather than from this disease," says one researcher. >>>

Give Nurses in Wheelchairs a Chance

Although some nurse leaders cling to the rigid requirements of the profession, others are making accommodations for nurses in wheelchairs, sending a powerful message to patients in the process. >>>

Telehealth Improves Patient Care in ICUs

Patient survival of ICUs is 26% more likely when backed by eICU services, and patients are discharged faster from the ICU and the hospital, a new study finds. >>>

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a  total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>

3 Better Ways to Market Bariatric Surgery

If you're still using before and after photos to promote the benefits of weight loss surgery, check out these forward-thinking marketing tactics in use by hospitals around the country. >>>

MGMA Urges 'End-to-End' ICD-10 Testing

Failure to comprehensively test the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system will dramatically increase the potential of catastrophic cash flow disruption for physicians practices, says the Medical Group Management Association. >>>

HL20: George Halvorson—Expectations for Success

George Halvorson has stepped down as CEO of Kaiser Permanente. But instead of going into retirement mode, he is launching an institute to resolve the roots of intergroup ethnic conflict and improve diversity within the workplace. "What I've been doing in healthcare, and for the past 30 years, has been a warm-up for what I need to do next," he says.  >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Harnessing Data to Drive Revenue Cycle and Productivity

This report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Parkland Hospital sees decline in patient grievances and complaints

The Dallas Morning News, December 12, 2013

Obesity rate flat for first time in decades, health rankings find

Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2013

Doctor gets jail time, $562,500 penalty in improper-billing case

Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2013

CVS, Cardinal Health form US generic drug venture

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, December 11, 2013

Kaiser Permanente reports privacy breach to 49,000 patients

Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2013

Work continues to fix problems raised by hepatitis C outbreak

Star Tribune / Associated Press, December 11, 2013

3 ways to improve US healthcare, as demonstrated in India

The Atlantic, December 11, 2013

Rehospitalization rates fell in first year of Medicare penalties

Kaiser Health News, December 10, 2013

You're getting too much healthcare

The Atlantic, December 10, 2013

Nonprofit excels at integrating mental, physical health care

The Seattle Times, December 9, 2013

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