EHR rollouts have little impact on patient outcomes, study finds

By Joseph Conn  |  July 28, 2016

Implementing new or different EHR systems had negligible short-term effects on readmission or mortality rates across a 17-hospital sample, according to a study published in the BMJ. The new or different information technology also had no statistically significant adverse impact on patient safety.

CMS releases star ratings for hospitals

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 27, 2016

The CMS published the much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Wednesday after industry stakeholders and Congress pressured the agency to continue to delay their release. See a complete, searchable list at the bottom of this story.

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 25, 2016

Doctors and hospital leaders are skeptical of the "July effect," the term describing the mass arrival of new medical graduates that allegedly leads to more medical errors, lower quality of care and even higher mortality rates. They're also working to make sure it isn't real.

CMS previews how hospitals will fare on new star ratings

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 21, 2016

The agency released the data ahead of publishing actual ratings for individual hospitals. The data show that hospitals of all kinds—teaching or safety net, for instance—vary in quality as judged by the ratings, which are based on 62 quality measures.

Blog: BMJ medical errors paper fuels growing debate

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 18, 2016

An analysis claiming that more than 250,000 deaths a year in the U.S. are due to medical errors has stirred controversy, as doctors question the researchers' data and methodology. But others say that squabbling over numbers overlooks the very real problem of medical errors in the U.S.

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