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Could Medicare Quality Payment Plans Create Inequality?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In the healthcare reform debate, hospital pay-for-performance has received plenty of discussion—how it could impact health outcomes, how it could promote efficiency, how it could change care coordination. But a nagging question remains: could use of pay for performance end up taking funding away from hospitals across the country providing care in poor, underserved areas?[Read More]
July 1, 2010
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Not Discussing End Stage Disease Prolongs Futile, Costly, and Painful Care
Doctors need to do a much better job promptly communicating with terminally ill patients and families about the usefulness of aggressive treatments, but they lack a simple evaluation tool that would provide guidance to launch those talks. [Read More]

28 States Report Obesity Increase
Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, while declining only in Washington, DC, according to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010," a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Overall, more than two thirds of states (38) had adult obesity rates above 25%. [Read More]

Follow up Appointments May Not Reduce Readmissions
Improving follow up appointments is often considered one of the key strategies for reducing costly hospital readmissions, but a new study suggests that better discharge processes don't reduce 30 day readmission rates at all. [Read More]

CMS To Combine Quality Reporting Programs
Physicians who report quality measures to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative using electronic health records will soon be able to combine data with physicians who demonstrate "meaningful use" of those records under the HITECH Act. Under the new healthcare reform law, the deadline for combining the two programs is Jan. 1, 2012. [Read More]
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