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Is the New CMS Hospital Quality Rating System Fair, Accurate?

April 20, 2015 - CMS has given the nation’s hospitals lower-than-expected marks on their new report cards thanks to an overhaul of the way hospital quality scores are being calculated.  With the patient experience placed front and center in the new Hospital Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System, healthcare organizations are puzzling over the fact that only 251 hospitals will be able to display...


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Poor Communication Hinders Population Health Management

Effective population health management relies on the seamless, coordinated work of a multi-faceted care team, yet the majority of clinicians feel unable to communicate with their peers in a timely, meaningful way, according to a new survey from...

AMA, CDC Launch Joint Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Effort

The American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control have announced the launch of a new Type 2 diabetes prevention effort targeted at the thirty percent of Americans affected by pre-diabetes.  In a press conference this week,...

How a Shortage of 90K Physicians May Impact Healthcare Reform

The healthcare industry could be short up to 90,000 physicians by 2025 if current demand continues to outstrip new graduates, warns the Association of American Medical Colleges in a new report, and the impact on current healthcare reform efforts...

PCMH Care Coordination Program Cuts Hospital Readmissions

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 Journal of Managed Care.  Patients aged 60...

CMS Seeks Comment on PCMH, Care Coordination, ACOs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on its advanced primary care models intended to provide better care coordination, more personalized attention, and better overall population health management throughout...

Hospital Acquired Infections Kill 2, Put Dozens at Risk in CA

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 patients and the sickening of seven more.  With up to 170 patients...

CMS Sets New Patient Care Quality Metrics for Nursing Homes

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 performance of long-term care providers.  Starting on February 20, CMS will...

Are Standardized Clinical Pathways Stymying Drug Innovation?

Powerful clinical decision support tools harnessing the potential of big data analytics may make it easier for physicians to set their patients on a standardized road to improvement, but the expansion of pre-approved, packed care may be doing...

Better Patient-Centered Care Needed for Chronic Pain Patients

The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) recommend an increase in patient-centered care techniques to help manage more than 100 million Americans experiencing chronic pain.  As the danger of overdoses and deaths from opioid abuse becomes a nation-wide...

Evidence Grows for the Effective Patient-Centered Medical Home

How effective is the patient-centered medical home? A series of studies argue that coordinated care is worth the effort. The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has become a widely-used frameworks for a healthcare organization’s transition...

Physician Perceptions of Patient Engagement Affect Consumer Use

Patient engagement is often seen as the key to preventative care, effective chronic disease management, and cost containment.  Despite the spread of accountable care arrangements and risk-sharing financial contracts that demand a higher level...

Providers, Politicians Focus on Population Health Management

Healthcare providers and community leaders work to bring population health management to patients across the nation. Population health management projects run the gamut from nation-sized efforts to educate citizens about healthy choices down...

Automated Care Coordination is $9000 Cheaper than Nurses

Automated phone calls are cheaper than human labor for patient follow-up, but may not be equally effective. Patient follow-up programs that use automated telephone interactions to promote care coordination are significantly less expensive and...

Benefits and Challenges of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

How can providers overcome the challenges of creating the patient-centered medical home? There are a lot of good things to be said for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, which has been credited with reducing healthcare costs, boosting...

Medicare Proposes Coverage of Yearly Lung Cancer Screenings

An additional 9 million Medicare patients may be eligible for lung cancer screenings under a new CMS proposal to cover the costs of the test. CMS has announced that Medicare intends to provide financial coverage for yearly lung cancer screenings...

Six Ways to Foster an Environment of Patient-Centered Care

The Patient Experience Council offers six suggestions for creating a patient-centered care environment for engaged, empowered patients. Patient-centered care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) are considered the hallmarks of a newly...

Study: Retail clinics provide same quality as EDs, urgent care

Are retail clinics really a viable solution to overcrowded emergency departments packed primary care calendars?  A new study from the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) indicates that retail clinics from pharmacy chains such as CVS Health,...

UChicago wins $1.55M for hepatitis C population health project

The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Chicago (ECHO-Chicago), a population health management program centered at the University of Chicago, has received $1.55 million in grant money from the CDC to further its work on hepatitis C education...

Data analytics, patient safety are top FDA priorities in 2014

The increased use of data analytics for speedier clinical trials, more efficient regulation, and better population health management is at the top of the priorities list for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the next four years, according...

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