About 7% of hospitals got the highest rating, 34% got the second-highest rating, and 19% got one of the two lowest possible scores in the CMS' new five-star ratings of more than 3,500 hospitals based on patient-satisfaction surveys.
Synthetic marijuana has sent 160 people to hospitals in New York state In a little over a week, a spike that prompted authorities to warn Friday that the drug is dangerous and illegal.
Efforts to effectively manage patients after they've been discharged is a key feature distinguishing high-performing health systems from their peers in Truven Health Analytics' seventh annual ranking of top-performing systems.
Just as the medical home has morphed into the medical neighborhood, a new initiative seeks to take the concept of population health to the national and international levels.
In June 2014, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we'll tackle No. 12 on that list: Engaging patients to improve outcomes.
Dr. Albert Siu, a New York geriatrician, has been appointed chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.
Skilled-nursing facilities would get a 1.4% Medicare rate increase for fiscal 2016, under a proposed rule issued by the CMS Wednesday. That change would lead to $500 million in higher Medicare payments.
More accurate and detailed codes will improve patient outcomes and reimbursement.
Hospital chain HCA and health insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care have agreed to work together on new medical research studies with the goal of spreading best practices throughout the country.
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted Tuesday to recommend the agency require drugmaker AstraZeneca to change the labeling of its diabetes medication Onglyza to add safety information to reflect a heightened risk for heart failure associated with its use.
Dr. Patrick Conway, CMO and acting principal deputy administrator at the CMS, says the Obama administration's push to transform the healthcare system is yielding real results, even as some providers have struggled as the agency tinkers with the frameworks and benchmarks of its new models.