CMS intends to implement a five-star rating system on all of its web sites that display comparative quality information for providers. Stars are nice, but precision, in the form of detailed quality data, must remain public for quality to improve. >>>
Last week's surprise delay of ICD-10 implementation is a lose-lose-lose proposition for provider organizations: Costs will rise, physicians are likely to disengage, and the clinical benefits will be put off. >>>
With the blessing of a federal judge, CMS is releasing Medicare data on physicians, including types of services, average submitted charges, and standard deviation in submitted charges. >>>
If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>
As physician reimbursement shifts from a fee-for-service model to a value-based structure, expect to see changes in how compensation plans are drafted. >>>
Tenet, Community Health Systems, and Mercy Health have individually finalized separate deals to build, operate, and merge healthcare organizations from Pennsylvania to Florida. >>>
Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months. >>>
A decade after the release of an IOM report warning of serious threats to patient safety associated with nurses' work environments, things haven't changed as much as might have been expected. >>>
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