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.
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.
The legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Colorado was associated with an increase in the number of young children who were treated for unintentional exposure to the drug, a new study concludes.
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.
Nearly one out of three Medicare beneficiaries discharged from rehabilitation hospitals in March 2012 were medically harmed during stays at the facilities, according to a report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
“A workplace violence prevention program should be a required component of the patient safety system of all health care organizations,” wrote Ron Wyatt and Kim Anderson-Drevs of the Joint Commission and Lynn Van Male of the Veterans Health Administration in a JAMA article.
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 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.
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.
An upcoming study is questioning the presumption that advanced care for trauma victims en route to the hospital improves their odds of survival.
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.
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.