A focus on culture has allowed hospitals to repeat several times on the annual IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.
Providers aren't using the standardized metrics and tech solutions needed to transition behavioral health into value-based pay models.
HHS officials outlined the agency's priorities, which include driving value-based care and pursuing deregulation.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, CMS, FDA, Joint Commission and others joined forces to create an action plan that relies on a "total systems approach" to uniformly apply safety principles across the industry.
The CMS has released its first strategy to address rural healthcare disparities. Providers say it's a crucial first step to make sure their voices are heard on federal policy.
Federal authorities have granted New Hampshire approval to impose work requirements for certain adult Medicaid recipients.
A panel of federal appellate judges are considering reviving the American Hospital Association's challenge to Medicare 340B reimbursement cuts, questioning whether the changes were made properly.
Some nursing homes worry that CMS' proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model may pay them less for treating Medicare patients.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said HHS is focused on finding solutions for the "lack of negotiating tools" that cause government programs and seniors to overpay for drugs and out-of-pocket costs and lead to "foreign governments free-riding" off U.S. innovation.
A new direct provider-contracting model under consideration at the CMS could potentially save providers billions in administrative costs, but it also poses a threat to care access for Medicare's frailest and lowest-income beneficiaries.
If "quality" is the most important thing we provide in healthcare, I believe the way we measure it is equally important. Today, metrics of convenience continue to win out over measures that truly matter, blurring our view into how true quality in care is evolving.
The CMS wants to eliminate 19 measures across the agency's five quality and value-based purchasing programs as part of its larger goal to reduce the administrative burden for providers. The agency also aims to eliminate redundancies in 21 measures.