Hospitals ponder meaning, value of CMS' new star ratings

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 18, 2015

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.

Broadening focus from healthcare to well-being

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 18, 2015

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.

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

By Robert Neuman  |  April 17, 2015

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.

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 16, 2015

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.

Panel recommends labeling change for AstraZeneca's diabetes drug Onglyza

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 14, 2015

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.

Video: Dr. Patrick Conway, the CMS' CMO

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 11, 2015

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.

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