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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.

Hospitals have been preparing to comply with anti-discrimination rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 18, 2016

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers that accept federal funding are now required by an HHS rule to adhere to new protocols when dealing with transgender patients. Hospitals in Boston, New York and San Francisco say their local anti-discrimination laws have made it easy to follow the new rule.

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.

The education of a safety specialist

The education of a safety specialist

By Meeri Kim  |  July 16, 2016

The decadelong movement to combat medical errors in hospitals and other healthcare settings has increased demand for specialists who can lead quality and safety improvement projects. New graduate programs are teaching mid-career professionals those leadership skills.

Top 10 Best Practices chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

Top 10 Best Practices chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

We asked readers to select up to three out of 25 topics covered in the Best Practices feature since it was launched in 2013. The top 10 vote-getters include using scribes to aid physicians, payers publishing the cost of services and ways to smooth the discharge process.

Three leaders on the future of healthcare jobs

Three leaders on the future of healthcare jobs

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 09, 2016

Virginia Mason Health System CEO Dr. Gary Kaplan, Jefferson College of Population Health Dean Dr. David Nash and Women's Hospital CEO Christina Ryan say the healthcare jobs of the future will be shaped by the demands of quality and safety, work-life balance and managing population health.

Three leaders on the future of healthcare technology

Three leaders on the future of healthcare technology

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 09, 2016

ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Castlight Health CEO Dr. Giovanni Colella and Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove hold out hope that innovation can overcome hurdles like poor interoperability and the limits of clinical science to make healthcare better and less expensive for patients and consumers.

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.

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