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    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 »

    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 »

    For effective population health management, providers should be wary of putting distinct ethnic and cultural groups under a single label. Population health management involved viewing larger 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 »

    Researchers in the Philadelphia area will focus on chronic disease management, population health, and quality improvements. Drexel University and Independence Blue Cross have announced a more »

    OIG oversight will ensure that public health agencies are utilizing resources appropriately while providing high quality services. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will more »

    Electronic hand hygiene compliance can provide better data analytics to tackle a constant threat to patient safety. Reported hand hygiene rates are notoriously much higher than the actual more »

    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 more »

    Meaningful use isn’t doing its job when it comes to fostering clean, quality data and health IT interoperability, the American Medical Association (AMA) states in more »

    Physicians being monitored for overprescribing antibiotics may return to their bad habits when feedback about their performance ends, according to a new study published in 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 »

    Thanks to a three-year Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation award, the Association of American Medical Colleges and a group of five academic medical centers more »

    The 95% effective hepatitis C therapy that made the healthcare industry do a double-take at the $1000-per-day price tag is presenting some serious medication adherence more »

    Patients are finding it tough to engage with providers through portals or other online access to their medical records, says a new issue brief by 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 largest donation in Harvard’s long and storied history will bolster the endowment of one of the University’s smaller schools and will place a focus more »

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an at-home colorectal cancer screening tool that is up to 90% accurate in detecting the common cancer, more »

    Patients at the highest risk of very frequent 30-day readmissions may not be the most likely suspects, according to a study published in the American 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 »

    Over the next fifteen years, the Partnership for Community Health is planning to dole out $90 million in grants to Massachusetts hospitals in order to more »

    After taking similar actions in Rhode Island and Connecticut late last year, national insurer UnitedHealthcare plans to eliminate about 700 Massachusetts physicians from its Medicare more »

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