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CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

April 27, 2017 - Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from CMS. Healthcare providers must take on the challenge of addressing minority health disparities and closing gaps in patient experiences and outcomes exacerbated...

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CMS Urges Providers to Tackle Minority Health Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite a growing industry focus on addressing the socioeconomic determinates of health, population health disparities between ethnic and racial groups persist across a number of chronic and acute care experiences, according to new data from...

KLAS: Epic Systems, Cerner Lead EHR Vendors in Sepsis Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals searching for clinical analytics and patient surveillance tools for combating sepsis give high marks to functionalities provided by Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, KLAS Research says in a new report.  The two competitors,...

EHRs, Clinical Decision Support Top 2017 Patient Safety Hazard List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Information management errors in electronic health records, incorrect use of clinical decision support, and poor prescribing habits are among the most dangerous health IT hazards for 2017, according to ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety...

Specialists Get Higher Marks than PCPs for PCMH Satisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

Primary care providers may not be providing all the benefits the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has to offer, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care, lagging behind their specialist peers in several measures of satisfaction...

Cardiovascular Disease May Incur $1 Trillion in Costs by 2035

by Jennifer Bresnick

Over the next two decades, cardiovascular disease is likely to impact 45 percent of the United States population and generate more than $1.1 trillion in chronic disease management costs, acute care spending, and lost productivity per year, a...

Online Population Health Tool Illuminates Socioeconomic Factors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare stakeholders looking for insight into the socioeconomic and environmental factors impacting the wellbeing of their populations can now turn to the City Health Dashboard, an online tool detailing the challenges of urban patients. Developed...

HHS: Patient Safety Efforts Save 125K Lives, $28B in Spending

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are down and patient safety is continuing its steady rise as healthcare organizations keep pushing forward with quality improvement programs, many of which originated with the Affordable Care Act. From 2010...

$347M in CMS Grants to Improve Patient Safety, Care Quality

by Nathan Boroyan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is investing $347 million to improve patient safety by reducing the number of hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. The funds will be split...

CMS Sets New Patient Care Quality Metrics for Nursing Homes

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

Patient safety is key with Ebola, but are nurses safe, too?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient safety is a constant topic of discussion in hospitals and healthcare organizations around the nation, but a new survey from National Nurses United (NNU) calls into question the healthcare industry’s preparedness to keep clinical staff...

CDC: 78% of hospitals may be overusing antibiotic treatments

by Jennifer Bresnick

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 after finding evidence that 78% of hospitals could be ordering redundant therapies that contribute...

Study: More drugs might not mean fewer blood clots

by Jennifer Bresnick

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 the University of Michigan.  The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, casts doubt on...

Study: HACs as defined by CMS do not represent true impact

by Jennifer Bresnick

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, length of stay, and the costs associated with in inpatient admission, but...

Truven Analytics rescinds awards to sanctioned CA hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

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 the Prime Healthcare Services system.  Accused of upcoding, falsifying diagnoses,...

Data integrity, care coordination top ECRI safety concerns

by Jennifer Bresnick

A lack of data integrity and adequate health information exchange, along with poor care coordination, have topped the 2014 list of ECRI Patient Safety Concerns.  As hospitals and health organizations attempt to steer their health IT and...

High physician workload impacts length of stay, cost of care

by Jennifer Bresnick

It takes a lot of stamina and determination to tackle the long hours, fast-paced decision making, and responsibility of being a physician in a hospital setting, but new research published in JAMA this month shows that heaping untenable demands...

CDC: Hospital acquired infection rates decline significantly

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospital acquired infections related to common procedures and difficult bacteria are on the decline according to a pair of newly released reports by the Centers for Disease Control.  As hospitals attempt to reduce the impact of financial quality...

Hospitals providing inappropriate treatment for infections

by Jennifer Bresnick

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have changed the way clinicians need to tackle bloodstream infections, but many community hospitals may not be keeping up with newer tactics. A study from researchers at Duke Medicine indicates that more than a...

Washington lawmakers want hospital price transparency

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to level the playing field for patients who may not understand how wildly the price of a service can vary from provider to provider, Washington State lawmakers have introduced a bill to create a publicly available hospital price...

Quality, patient safety in the ED nearly flunk ACEP report card

by Jennifer Bresnick

Access to safe and high quality emergency care for American patients is in need of an after-school tutorial.  The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has issued its 2014 state-by-state report card, giving the nation as a whole a...


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