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NQF readmissions study not about quality improvement, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding “NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions,” I find it ironic and more than a little telling that the motivation behind this study is not to actually improve quality of care.

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NQF clarifies info on trial on socio-economic factors
By Sabriya Rice | July 28, 2014
The National Quality Forum says its upcoming trial examining the effects of socio-economic factors may potentially include 30-day readmission measures, but that is not the sole focus. The quality improvement organization offered clarity Monday, amid confusion the trial would look exclusively at...

NQF's Cassel seeks to build consensus for quality measures
By Dr. Christine Cassel | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I am often asked to address the challenges that the growth of measurement and accountability requirements pose for the important goal of healthcare quality improvement. My thinking here has evolved over time.

National Quality Forum President and CEO steps down from two outside jobs, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | March 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In continuing fallout from a recent conflict-of-interest scandal, National Quality Forum President and CEO Dr. Christine Cassel is stepping down from two outside board of directors jobs amid questions...

Groups cut ties to Denham
By Joe Carlson | February 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patient-safety expert and entrepreneur Dr. Charles Denham counted on a strong reputation and a lengthy list of powerful connections to keep him in influential roles in the fast-growing industry of making healthcare safer.

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Eisenberg Awards honor Minn. readmissions initiative, three others
By Rachel Landen | January 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Members of a Minnesota-based campaign to reduce hospital readmissions and participants in a California initiative for patient safety are among the four 2013 recipients of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, given by the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission.

Flu vaccine rates higher than last year, but still below federal goals
By Modern Healthcare | December 14, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Flu vaccination rates were slightly higher through mid-November compared with the same time last year but still well below federal officials' goal of getting 70% of Americans vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 40% of Americans ages 6...

2013 Up and Comers: Dr. Peter Fleischut
By Melanie Evans | September 21, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As an anesthesia resident, Dr. Peter Fleischut approached leadership at New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a proposal: Why not create a formal forum for his fellow residents to join in patient-safety initiatives?

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Doc associations wary of linking pay, quality measures
By Andis Robeznieks | April 25, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives committee chairmen asked for guidance on replacing the sustainable growth-rate Medicare physician payment formula, and healthcare associations were happy to comply. The responses reflected the concerns of each responding association's constituency—particularly...

Prescription for change | Annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare spotlights leaders who are implementing their own brands of reform, innovation
By Andis Robeznieks | April 20, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As Oregon's governor, Dr. John Kitzhaber brought Democrats and Republicans together to reform his state's Medicaid program, and he brought doctors and lawyers together to advance tort reform.



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