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Speed of ED Care Goes Under Quality Microscope
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Over the next two years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expects hospitals to begin tracking and reporting median times for two benchmarks for emergency department care. The first steps are identifying and defining the metrics by which quality will be measured. [Read More]
July 28, 2011
Editor's Picks

CHF Readmission Prevention Efforts Costly for Hospital
Transitional care interventions can prevent readmissions for congestive heart failure patients and save healthcare costs overall by keeping people healthier. But they are a money drain for individual hospitals under current Medicare payment structures, according to a randomized trial at Baylor Medical Center Garland. [Read More]

Exploring Process-Outcome Correlation
Starting this month, 3,500 hospitals will be evaluated for federal funding based on how well those facilities perform 12 process measures, steps for which there is some evidence?but sometimes little hard proof?that these tasks correlate with true outcomes, such as saved lives or reduced readmissions. [Read More]

Economist Links Higher ER Spending to Lower Mortality
Hospitals that spend more money on emergency department care for cardiac patients have lower mortality rates for those patients, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study has found. [Read More]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About:Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery. [Register Today]

Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line
54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]

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Hospitals make palliative care a priority
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A light switch for bacterial infections
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CDC hails success of chickenpox vaccine
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