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Children’s Medical Center of Dallas has received the AHIMA Grace Award for its innovative efforts to leverage health information management strategies and EHR technology to more »

End-of-life planning for elderly or terminally ill patients should be adequately reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid, says a Congressional letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, more »

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) continue to crop up around the country as providers accelerate the shift from pay-for-performance to value-based reimbursements, adding to evidence that more »

In medicine, the first rule is to do no harm.Unfortunately, patients are injured as a result of medical treatment, or a preventable mishap occurs due more »

National Health IT Week is upon us once again as the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) invites industry stakeholders to discuss the most pressing more »

The majority of hospitals may be putting patient safety at risk by overusing antibiotics, warns the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in a new study more »

The transition to ICD-10 may have a negative impact on patient safety reporting and the subsequent perception of hospital quality, argues a new study in more »

An increase in the number of drug-based interventions may not reduce the risk of blood clots for hospitalized patients, according to a new study from more »

Much of the recent buzz around keeping patients healthier for longer has revolved around how patients manage their own care between provider visits.  Keeping patients more »

Stanford Medicine will offer the first accredited clinical informatics fellowship for physicians that will lead to a certification in the new subspecialty.  While physicians can more »

Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s shining beacons of integrated healthcare delivery, is undergoing some significant changes as it announces the departure of Dr. more »

Thanks to accountable care initiatives, better care coordination, and a reduction in 30-day readmissions, Medicare’s Part A hospital trust fund will be financially solvent until more »

Better staff education, clinical analytics, and new care coordination techniques that improved EHR documentation nearly eliminated patient safety risks from improper heparin administration at Carilion more »

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center is taking a proactive step towards accountable care and quality improvements by bringing clinical analytics to more »

Healthcare providers have a poor grasp of the impact EHRs and other health IT on patient safety, says a new RAND Corporation report, and few more »

The average US hospital loses $1.7 million a year due to poor coordination and communication among members of staff, according to a new report from more »

Bundled payments for cancer treatments, which covered an entire “episode of care” for a single patient, resulted in a 34% reduction of overall medical costs, more »

CMS is taking a page out of the online retail industry’s book by instating a simple five star rating system for hospitals to be included more »

Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important goals for cutting healthcare costs, says a poll of healthcare quality improvement experts by ASQ, and more »

While the Centers for Disease Control asserts that hospital-acquired infections are on the decline thanks to financial quality penalties and a closer focus on patient more »

Providing patients with a standardized, color-coded instruction sheet before surgery can help them understand which long-term medications to take prior to hospitalization and which to more »

The United States healthcare system has a little bit of soul searching to do after it ranked dead last for efficiency, equity, and overall health more »

A new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality uses ICD-9 codes to identify the top hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) that adversely impact patient mortality, more »

Humana and the UC San Diego Health System have entered an accountable care agreement to focus on improving outcomes and lowering costs for Southern California more »

California lawmakers are issuing guarded praise to Truven Analytics after the company adjusted its hospital rankings to reflect some of the many sanctions issued to more »

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