How IPPS Proposed Rules Would Affect Quality Measures
The latest proposed rules for how federal payers would reimburse hospitals in years to come call for important changes in the way quality is measured. But you wouldn't know it unless you dug through the 1,313-page proposal for Inpatient Prospective Payment System rules.
I don't expect you to scour the whole thing.
But I browsed through parts of it and found that not only does the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intend to increase the types of hospital performance that influence hospital payments, but these new performance measures also would be publicly reported on Hospital Compare someday soon.
Some other elements in the mix should prompt quality leaders to refocus their resources. I'll list five that merit particular attention.
- FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies
- CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services
- New G-Codes to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care
- States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds
- Why You Should Involve Patients in Nursing Handoffs
- Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty
- Substance Abuse Resurfaces Among Anesthesiologists in Training
- Douglas Hawthorne—A Chance to Do Something Big
- Safety Net Executives Renew Call to Preserve DSH Payments
- The Most Polarizing Topics in Healthcare IT