Tinker Ready is a contributing writer at HealthLeaders Media.
Data from Missouri shows that 45.8% of death certificates indicated an underlying cause of death "inconsistent with CDC's guidelines for death certificate completion."
The authors of a paper on the divisive issue of PAS disagree on many points, but are unified on one—doctors should not be required to participate.
Improvement in care has been seen for privately insured low-income patients and for those at federal health centers. Whether those programs will survive the GOP's plans for the Affordable Care Act is uncertain.
Insured children who show up in the emergency department are more likely to be admitted to the hospital than those covered by Medicaid and CHIP. But they don't fare any better than those sent home.
The new program is designed to help hospitals reduce unwanted variations in cardiac care, lower costs, and improve outcomes.
Overuse and underuse are persistent symptoms of a profoundly dysfunctional healthcare system immune to incremental reforms, say the authors of an exhaustive study.
Institutional culture changes over an eight-year period made infection prevention and control "everyone's business," researchers say. Active surveillance was a major driver.
Few doctors are sanctioned and researchers suggest action should be taken to protect patients from unsafe care delivered by outliers.
Several research teams have raised issues about the limitations of claims data to measure PSIs. Now changes are in the works.
The rate of improvement in preventing hospital readmissions is more rapid among lower-performing hospitals than among high-performing facilities, data shows.