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Leapfrog adds medication error measure to hospital patient safety grades

Leapfrog adds medication error measure to hospital patient safety grades

The barcode medication administration measure was added to the Fall 2018 edition of the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade report. Hospital performance on patient safety varied, with 32% of hospitals earning an "A" while 37% got a "C."  »

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Medical device manufacturers need to say what's in their products

Medical device manufacturers need to say what's in their products

In a newly released draft guidance, the FDA created two tiers of devices—those that connect to other devices and networks and those that don't—and recommended all devices come with lists of their components.

Leapfrog to grade outpatient surgery, ambulatory care centers' safety

Leapfrog to grade outpatient surgery, ambulatory care centers' safety

Leapfrog Group is expanding its safety and quality performance ratings to hospital outpatient surgery departments and ambulatory care centers. Quality performance is opaque in outpatient settings, which have exploded in popularity.

Mental health stigma dissipates, but cost and coverage barriers remain

Mental health stigma dissipates, but cost and coverage barriers remain

More than half of Americans want mental health services either for themselves or for a loved one, but about three-quarters said there are access issues, especially cost or poor insurance coverage, according to a new survey.

The internet of things could pose a security risk for health systems

The internet of things could pose a security risk for health systems

Connected devices are a boon to patients but only if they're impermeable to hackers.

The internet of things extends healthcare into the home

The internet of things extends healthcare into the home

Now that devices like blood pressure cuffs and scales are connected to the internet, patients can send their medical measurements directly to health systems, whose care teams monitor the patients' well-being.

Next Gen ACOs form coalition to push for model changes

Next Gen ACOs form coalition to push for model changes

Twenty-nine Next Generation ACOs have formed a coalition to advocate for changes to that CMS model, which they argue deters long-term financial sustainability in the program.

More than half of Americans have received a surprise medical bill

More than half of Americans have received a surprise medical bill

The public holds insurers and hospitals most accountable when they receive an unexpected charge, many of which may be related to an out-of-network service or provider or consumers' misunderstanding, according to a new survey.

Could patient input improve hospital ratings' accuracy?

Could patient input improve hospital ratings' accuracy?

RAND Corp. researchers suggested that hospital rating sites could be improved by allowing consumers to adjust the weight of quality measures used. But healthcare consumer analysts still don't think it can solve fundamental issues with the sites.

A care platform that engages 
patients and providers alike

A care platform that engages 
patients and providers alike

Wellsmith's digital care management platform draws data from wearables and other at-home devices to give providers a new look at what patients are up to when they're not in the hospital or clinic.

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