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Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare’s Hospital Compare Site

Cheryl Clark

An inaccurate media story about changes to Medicare's reporting on hospital-acquired conditions sparked a flurry of criticism from patient safety advocates. Here's what's really going on. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Quiet ORs Better for Patient Safety

Music at loud decibels can contribute to miscommunication among surgeons and nurses in the operating room, raising the risk of medical error, researchers say. >>>

Tavenner Confirmed as CMS Administrator

Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse, hospital executive, and state health official, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services head to gain congressional approval since 2004. The full Senate confirmed her nomination with a 91-7 vote Wednesday. >>>

Surgeon-Driven Quality Effort Slashes Complications, Costs

The National Surgical Quality Improvement Project, a growing effort run by the American College of Surgeons since 2004, reports that 83% of program participants have been able to decrease their surgical complication rates by a statistically significant level. >>>

CMS Proposes Reduced Hospital DSH Cuts

Some acute care hospitals would see a $1.1 billion reduction in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funds for two years under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal. >>>

Access to EHR Notes Lauded by Patients, Providers

In a pilot, a system which permits patients to view all the notes in their electronic health records was such a hit with hospital patients and physicians that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Geisinger Health System are dramatically expanding their OpenNotes programs. >>>

Value-Based Healthcare Needs New Bond Rating Metrics

Hospitals and bond rating agencies will likely spend the next decade adjusting to the transition from volume-based to value-based payments. Moody's Investors Service is trialing 20 new value-focused indicators to evaluate hospitals. >>>

Rural Healthcare Can Entice the Best and Brightest

Ali Chisti intends to pursue a career as an internist and a population health specialist providing care in underserved and rural areas—not as a neurosurgeon as he had originally planned. He changed his mind when he came to understand the gap in resources between rural and urban areas. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Patient-Centered Care Transitions for Better Quality, Costs, and Readmissions

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join quality and care experts from Griffin Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

$223M Medicare fraud bust nabs 89 in 8 cities

The Washington Post / Associated Press, May 15, 2013

Hospitals prepare to cut care in Medicaid opt-out states

Bloomberg, May 15, 2013

Cincinnati hospital deepens links to China

Business Courier, May 15, 2013

How a FL med school cares for communities in need

NPR, May 15, 2013

Nearly one-third of all death certificates are wrong

The Washington Post, May 14, 2013

Opinion: Want to improve healthcare? Spend less on it

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 14, 2013

Hospitals promote screenings that experts say many people do not need

The Washington Post, May 14, 2013

Medical device companies more frequently investigated under Obama

The Hill, May 14, 2013

Opinion: Healthcare plan needed for end of life

The Republican, May 13, 2013

CA weighs expanded role for nurse practitioners

Kaiser Health News, May 10, 2013



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