Honing heart care: Truven's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

Honing heart care: Truven's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  November 07, 2015

Intensive use of patient data for clinical and cost improvement are hallmarks of the hospitals that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S.

Q&A: 'We were one of the catalysts to get Detroit going again'

Q&A: 'We were one of the catalysts to get Detroit going again'

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 26, 2015

Joe Mullany, CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, discusses how his system's Medicare Pioneer ACO has achieved successful results and the challenges and rewards of operating in economically troubled Detroit.

A Medicare tourniquet: How hospitals try to heal cuts that bleed away profits

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  September 20, 2015

Until 2012, before the Affordable Care Act began cutting revenue, most tax-exempt hospitals in Southeast Michigan made profits on their Medicare business. Since then, reimbursement cuts, readmissions penalties and overpayment recoveries have eroded profits for many Detroit-area hospitals and health...

Readmissions may say more about patients than care

By Shannon Muchmore  |  September 14, 2015

Hospital readmissions that Medicare penalizes under the Affordable Care Act are largely driven by patient characteristics such as income and education rather than the quality of care they receive, according to a new study.

Readmission tracking software generates confusing results in BMJ study

By Sabriya Rice and Joseph Conn  |  September 14, 2015

Hospital readmission rates tracked with software widely used in U.S. hospitals generated confusing results. The study is the latest to add to the growing body of skepticism about the CMS' readmissions reduction program and the emerging technologies helping hospitals improve on the metric.

Hospital discharges down in 2014

Hospital discharges down in 2014

By Michael Sandler  |  September 12, 2015

Healthcare delivery system changes continue to push patients away from inpatient care. That's suggested by a Modern Healthcare review of American Hospital Directory data, which found that the number of patient discharges fell 8.4% from 2013 to 2014.

Editorial: Hospital admission policy in Dismaland

Editorial: Hospital admission policy in Dismaland

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 29, 2015

Over the several years that the CMS and hospitals have been tussling over the reasons behind the steady rise in short-term observation stays, no one until now has suggested the increase represents a deliberate effort by hospitals to avoid Medicare's 30-day readmission penalties.

Medicare readmission penalties create quality metrics stress

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 08, 2015

Four years into Medicare's drive to cut the number of patients who land back in the hospital within a few weeks of leaving, only a quarter of more than 3,400 hospitals avoided penalties, contributing to skepticism about the program and the array of metrics used to evaluate healthcare quality.

The world isn't waiting for better healthcare quality measures

The world isn't waiting for better healthcare quality measures

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 08, 2015

It doesn't matter how much healthcare providers and researchers rail about the inadequacy and inconsistency of the consumer ratings offered by the CMS, the Leapfrog Group, journalism outfits and online startups. They are not only here to stay, they are proliferating.

CMS trims boost to hospital rates to 0.9%

By Sabriya Rice , Adam Rubenfire and Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2015

The CMS lowered its final increase for hospital rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.

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