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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.

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

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.

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.

CMS and FDA advocate for device identifiers on claims forms

CMS and FDA advocate for device identifiers on claims forms

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 14, 2016

The heads of the CMS and the Food and Drug Administration want universal health insurance claims forms to include unique device identifiers. The UDI would improve post-market surveillance and provide for better value-based reimbursement based on device performance, they say.

New York sues jail's medical provider, claims inadequate care

By Associated Press  |  July 12, 2016

The state's attorney general claims in a lawsuit that a medical provider has failed to provide proper services to inmates in a suburban New York City jail, where 12 have died in the past five years, including four since March.

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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