Webinar: How Hospitalists Can Lead on Quality

December 19, 2014

As pressure mounts on hospitals to improve and reduce costs, they have turned to medicine's fastest growing physician specialty - hospital medicine - to improve clinical performance and operational efficiency. How this new role for hospitalists plays out varies according to the type, location and...

Docs take note: Make quality-reporting deadline or face penalty

By Andis Robeznieks  |  December 18, 2014

Physician advocates are warning doctors to pay close attention to the CMS' recently released Physician Quality Reporting System data submission deadlines, because the 2014 data they report will be used to calculate their future Medicare payments.

Are compounding pharmacies safer now?

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 17, 2014

The indictment of 14 people Wednesday—including two pharmacists on charges of second-degree murder—was the latest in a string of actions taken in response to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounder.

HHS awards $665 million for state innovation models

By Paul Demko  |  December 16, 2014

The federal government announced more than $665 million in grants to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia on Tuesday to design and test new healthcare payment and delivery models.

Obama uses popular TV, radio to pitch to Generation X

By Adam Rubenfire and Rachel Landen  |  December 15, 2014

President Barack Obama pitched in interviews with three seemingly unusual outlets on Friday—a hip hop radio station in Raleigh, N.C., a sports radio show and a morning talk show led by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. But it's not the first time the president has used...

Docs suggest downside of calling patients 'customers'

By Sabriya Rice  |  December 13, 2014

Patients are more frequently being referred to as “customers” by medical providers as the U.S. healthcare system undergoes a massive redesign with an increased focus on consumer experience. But use of the term is being questioned by some physicians who note that in the consumer world,...

CMS announces star-rating program for home health agencies

By Sabriya Rice  |  December 11, 2014

Home health agencies are the latest to become subject to the CMS' five-star rating program, which is intended to help consumers compare the quality and safety of care they should expect from U.S. healthcare providers.

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