Ideas written into law in 2010 to push hospitals toward better and safer care are now a pervasive part of doing business with Medicare.
New limits on medical resident workhours implemented in 2011 appear to have had no effect on patient deaths or serious complications, according to two new studies published in JAMA.
Data Points for the week of Dec. 8, 2014, covered the following topics: health insurance premiums, HIV, readmissions
Three years ago, eight-hospital Riverside Health System faced looming federal penalties for excess readmissions, often the result of inadequate transitions from the hospital to home.
Studies have demonstrated the critical role that patient engagement plays in disease management. Some providers are using the Patient Activation Measure, or PAM, as a tool to help predict which patients are best equipped to engage in their care and which ones will be in need of additional support.
The decline represents cumulative 17% reduction and an estimated 50,000 deaths prevented over the three years after the launch of the Partnership for Patients, a public-private collaborative created with funding from HHS.
Healthcare professionals are moving to a digital health future but with some major obstacles in their way, according to results of a survey of 1,000 doctors, nurses and other providers released Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Hospitals in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, N.J., and Philadelphia saw the highest average Medicare readmission penalties over the past two reporting periods, according to researchers studying the impact of the program on urban institutions.
As more than 1,200 U.S. hospitals celebrate their designation as a “Top Performer” from the nation's leading hospital accreditation body, some critics say the recognition does not necessarily provide an accurate picture of quality among the nation's healthcare providers.
A list of the 10 best and worst 30 day readmission rates, ranked by percentage readmitted within 30 days, for large, medium and small hospitals. Sources: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Hospital Compare, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Published Nov. 10, 2014. p. 30.
A total of 2,610 U.S. hospitals will see their Medicare payments docked in fiscal 2015 for having excessive numbers of patients return to their facilities within 30 days of discharge.
Patient-rights advocates are hopeful that a recent HHS Office of the Inspector General's report will prompt the CMS to clamp down on states regarding the adequacy of managed Medicaid plan provider networks. But state officials adamantly say that more rules from Washington won't remedy such basic...