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EHR Adoption, Health IT Use Improve Patient Safety, ONC Says

April 28, 2015 - Widespread EHR adoption and the short-term impacts of meaningful use are measurably improving patient safety, the Office of the National Coordinator says in a new issue brief.  Despite ongoing concerns about transcription errors and poor EHR data integrity that may put patients at risk for medication mistakes and other adverse care coordination events, health IT has done more good than...


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

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...

Obama Signs Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal, Ending an Era

Yesterday, President Obama put his pen to one of the most significant pieces of healthcare legislation since the Affordable Care Act.  The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate repeal, passed in landslide votes by the House and the Senate, will simplify...

Nurse Informaticists Have “Direct Positive Impact” on Patient Care

Nurse informaticists are integral to the data analytics and health IT implementation strategies of healthcare organizations, says the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey released at HIMSS15 this week, and they produce a measurably positive...

EHR Data Integrity, Care Coordination Top Patient Safety Risks

Poor EHR data integrity, overwhelming alerts, and a number of potential hazards related to inadequate care coordination topped the ECRI Institute’s latest list of critical patient safety concerns. The annual list, which is often flooded with...

Clinical Analytics, EHR Alerts Increase Drug Safety by 80%

The use of clinical analytics and EHR alerts to identify potential adverse drug events helped Marshfield Clinic cut down on nearly 80 percent of possible instances where a prescription may have caused patient harm, finds a study published this...

SGR Fix to Simplify Quality Reporting, Value-Based Payments

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 growth rate (SGR), and this year’s potential legislation has significant impacts on CMS...

Hospital Readmissions Fall When Big Data Meets Patient Care

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 readmissions, are simply hidden somewhere within the zeroes and ones.  While...

Medical Device Integration a Key Concern for Patient Safety

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 been largely relegated to second-tier status as healthcare organizations continue...

Data Analytics May Improve Hospital-Acquired Conditions Rate

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 approximately half a million infections each year. However, through...

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...

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...

Data Analytics, CPOE Bring HIMSS Davies Award to PA Hospital

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 to its implementation of several health IT and data analytics technologies that improved patient...

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...

CMS Offers New Accountable Care Payment Model for Oncologists

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 new Oncology Care Model (OCM) will receive bundled payments...

Obama Asks for $1.2B to Fight Hospital Acquired Infections

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 are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year. ...

90% of Medicare Will Be Value-Based Reimbursement by 2018

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 to see 90% of traditional Medicare payments transformed into value-based reimbursement, through...

Clinical Analytics, Antibiotic Stewardship Boost Patient Safety

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 many organizations do not have the time, staff, or knowledge...

89 Accountable Care Organizations Join Medicare Savings Program

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 (MSSP) will be expanding significantly with the addition of 89 new accountable...

Public Reporting Influences Perceptions of Hospital Quality

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 strongly influenced by the measures reported on the Medicare...