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In an annual battle that has flared up every spring since 1997, Congress is once again considering the repeal and replacement of the Medicare sustainable more »

When it comes to big data, it’s tempting to think that all the answers to healthcare’s most expensive and significant problems, like reducing preventable hospital more »

Even though patient monitoring devices are among the most basic, essential, and frequently used tools in healthcare, medical device integration is a subject that has more »

According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection directly causes approximately 15,000 deaths out of more »

Providing cooperative, community-based post-discharge care coordination for elderly patients can help to reduce preventable hospital readmissions, finds a study published this month in the American more »

UCLA Health System is dealing with a major superbug crisis after carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), spread by dirty endoscopes, was implicated in the deaths of two more »

St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania has been named the newest recipient of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence in 2014 thanks more »

CMS is adding more stringent patient care quality metrics to its Nursing Home Compare website in order to improve transparency around the effectiveness, safety, and more »

CMS is already making good on its commitment to expanding accountable care by announcing new opportunities for value-based reimbursement for oncologists.  Providers participating in the more »

In his annual budget request, President Obama will ask Congress for $1.2 billion to fight hospital acquired infections produced by superbugs, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that more »

Existing accountable care organizations will be getting a great deal of company within the next few years thanks to an ambitious HHS timeline that hopes more »

Implementing a sound antibiotic stewardship program can dramatically improve hospital quality and patient safety while reducing the risk of penalties for hospital acquired conditions, but more »

Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations (ACOs) will take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2015, CMS says. The Medicare Shared Savings Program more »

More than 70 percent of hospitals confirmed that public reporting stimulated quality improvement activity in their institution. Local hospital quality planning and improvement efforts are more »

Thanks to patient safety improvement efforts, hospital-acquired conditions and preventable deaths have shown significant declines in the past few years. A strong focus on improving more »

EHR alarm fatigue and poor EHR data integrity issues top ECRI’s annual list of health IT hazards and patient safety risks. A lack of health more »

A focus on patient safety through advanced EHR use has helped the UIHC snag the 2014 HIMSS Davies Award. University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics more »

Forty-two percent of patients now use online reviews to judge a provider’s listening skills, office environment, and care quality. Nearly half of patients would be more »

The suite of CMS Compare websites lacks meaningful healthcare quality and cost information for Medicare patients, GAO states in a new report. CMS could be more »

NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center intend to form a clinically integrated network to help providers within the system focus on care coordination, more »

Big data, clinical analytics, and data standards will be key to overall quality improvement in the healthcare system, the ONC says in a new roadmap. more »

While a great deal of attention in the clinical analytics world is focused on decision support and quality assessments for physicians who must order treatments more »

Hospital quality has improved steadily over the past few years, The Joint Commission says in its latest report identifying top performing hospitals. More than a more »

A drastic reduction in patient safety errors can be attributed to the use of advanced EHR systems, a Pennsylvania study finds. The implementation and use more »

Pay-for-performance reimbursement structures are associated with gains in quality and reduced mortality for minority patients, says a new study. Accountable care and value-based incentives are more »

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