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Get Ready for Medicare's 5-Star Hospital Ratings

Cheryl Clark

CMS intends to implement a five-star rating system on all of its web sites that display comparative quality information for providers. Stars are nice, but precision, in the form of detailed quality data, must remain public for quality to improve. >>>


Editor's Picks

Obama Quietly Signs SGR Patch Bill

The new law delays both the implementation of the ICD-10 code set and the so-called two-midnights rule, which affects hospital reimbursements. The law also includes critical funding extensions for rural hospitals. >>>

Sudden Hospital Closure Stuns MA Community; More Coming

The events leading up to the abrupt closure of a regional hospital in a remote corner of Massachusetts are complicated. But many community hospitals across the country are equally vulnerable, and more will close. >>>

Patient Volumes, Patterns Shifting

Reduced inpatient admissions and readmissions are having a corresponding effect on hospital and health system revenues, with question marks over reimbursements. Hospitals are bracing for impact. >>>

MSPB Adds Nuance to Readmission Rates

A new measure of healthcare efficiency, Medicare spending per beneficiary, is another pain point for healthcare leaders, but it aims to incentivize higher-quality, less-costly care. >>>

Nurse Staffing Battle Rages On in Massachusetts

Like it or not, the question of whether maximum nurse-patient staffing ratios should be mandated by law may go before Bay State voters in November. >>>

State Battles over Medicaid Expansion Heating Up

With half of states embracing federally financed Medicaid expansion and the other half slow to follow suit, hospitals are key players in one of the hottest healthcare policy clashes in the country. >>>

Slideshow: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace with the Pulse of Population Health

Operating margins for cardiovascular specialties remain strong, but many leaders anticipate changes and challenges to their revenue streams that could mean bottom-line pressure. >>>

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Webcast: Patient Experience & HCAHPS—Optimizing Touch Points and Training Internal Champions

Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Leaders from Community Health Systems and the Baird Group share marketing strategies for communicating patient experience imperatives and developing programs to reinforce them. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

US to let public see how Medicare pays doctors

Reuters, April 3, 2014

Top Boston hospital begins to tackle readmissions problem

Kaiser Health News, April 3, 2014

Review finds mammography's benefits overplayed, harms dismissed

NPR, April 2, 2014

Boston hospitals take steps to set healthy examples for patients

The Boston Globe, April 1, 2014

A hospital door handle that sanitizes hands with a touch

Wired, April 1, 2014

Retirees help caregivers cope with hospital stays / Associated Press, March 31, 2014

Two Boston hospitals change surgical technique after cancer debate

ABC News, March 31, 2014

Healthcare misinformation mystifies Des Moines couple

The Des Moines Register, March 31, 2014

Making profits and differences at hospitals

The Atlantic, March 28, 2014

Doctor priorities vs. patient priorities

The New York Times, March 28, 2014

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Shifting Patient Patterns

Change is coming, but leaders have various outlooks for and responses to the new patient dynamics. >>>


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