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Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2014, Part 2

   January 07, 2014

Intolerance for diagnostic errors is just one of the top quality issues to watch for in 2014.

Pressure to reduce medical diagnostic errors and continue cutting healthcare costs will only increase in 2014.These healthcare quality issues and several others (see Part 1) will have a strong influence on how providers deliver healthcare in 2014:

8. Meaningful Use
With billions of dollars in meaningful use incentive payments at stake, hospitals and healthcare providers will be working hard to refine their electronic health record systems, transitioning from merely using them to actually exchanging information with other providers within them and sharing information with patients through the "view, download, and transmit" requirements.

Also beginning in 2014, eligible hospitals anticipating Medicare reimbursement must electronically report on 16 of 29 approved clinical quality measures and other Medicare-eligible providers must report on nine of 64 approved clinical quality measures, which include nine recommended for adult patients and nine recommended for pediatric patients.

The full list of clinical quality measures applicable for meaningful use incentive payment is here.

9. Physician Sunshine Act
Physician ties and financial dealings with pharmaceutical and medical device companies will now be discoverable by patients per a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Any payments to doctors made by manufacturers of drugs, devices, biological, or medical supplies that are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program will be publicly reported starting Sept. 30 under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.


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