The latest round of scores that measure rates of errors and infections, indicators of safe practices, shows an increase in the number of hospitals that earned the lowest score. Leapfrog's CEO Leah Binder calls that "a troubling trend." >>>
The effects of the government shutdown will be felt for weeks as state and federal officials play catch-up on hospital inspections, re-certifications, and other routine work. >>>
Seven health systems in Pennsylvania and New Jersey created a mega-alliance last month to prepare for value-based reimbursement, improve patient care, and lower the cost of doing business. >>>
New penalties for preventable hospital readmissions are prompting hospitals to adopt technologies that allow patients to measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs from home. >>>
There's ample disagreement about how much control hospitals can exercise over readmission rates. Farsighted leaders are taking on a big endeavor by focusing on all-cause readmissions. >>>
Healthcare providers need an ICD-10 strategy that includes adequately training medical coders and retaining them in their jobs. With an already extremely low unemployment rate, ICD-10 coders will be very much in demand. >>>
Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. >>>
Having noticed that "the majority of tests we were ordering... really didn't impact the day-to-day care," a group of neurosurgery residents identified five lab tests that could be eliminated without affecting patient safety. They generated nearly $2 million in savings, including $75,000 in direct costs for their medical center. >>>
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