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Effective use of data analytics can help prevent readmissions

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

Regarding the recent guest commentary “Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology,” (ModernHealthcare.com, March 30), data analytics can play a part in this as well.

Stars are aligned for hospitals in April

Stars are aligned for hospitals in April

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 04, 2015

Any day now, the CMS plans to unveil the new hospital star rating system on its Hospital Compare website. And hospitals are concerned.

Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology

Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology

By Ruby Raley  |  March 30, 2015

When patients are discharged, they essentially become their own care coordinator—administering medication and scheduling follow-up visits. Providers can significantly improve patient engagement and outcomes by taking advantage of outside care partnerships to help coordinate care across...

Best Practices: Using volunteers to improve discharges

Best Practices: Using volunteers to improve discharges

By Maureen McKinney  |  February 14, 2015

New York Methodist Hospital was searching for effective ways to curb its stubbornly high rates of preventable hospital readmissions, so leaders there decided to test whether volunteers also could be used to improve the discharge process.

CMS revives and retools Partnership for Patients

By Melanie Evans  |  February 12, 2015

The CMS Innovation Center plans to revive the Partnership for Patients, the $1 billion patient-safety initiative that ended last December, and will attempt to fix a flaw in its structure that obscured the results.

Hospitals may have improved productivity after all

By Melanie Evans  |  February 11, 2015

The U.S. spends more healthcare dollars in hospitals than anywhere else, and that makes hospitals an attractive target of efforts to increase productivity. Federal statistics suggest they've lagged behind the rest of the economy, but new research has a different take.

Medicare penalties begin taking toll

Medicare penalties begin taking toll

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 03, 2015

More than three dozen hospitals across the U.S. will be penalized more than 3% on most of their CMS reimbursements in 2015, the first year in which the agency's three Medicare quality and safety incentive programs will be in effect.

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