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Data Analytics, CPOE Bring HIMSS Davies Award to PA Hospital

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Patient Safety, Hospital Quality Improve by 17% in Three Years

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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 patient safety and hospital quality through value-based reimbursement...

Data Integrity, Patient Safety among Top Health IT Hazards

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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 data integrity, the impact of overwhelming EHR alerts and safety management systems, and medical...

UIHC Wins HIMSS Davies Award for EHR Use, Analytics

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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 is the recipient of the 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes healthcare providers...

Care Quality Tops Expenses for Patients Seeking Physicians

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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 willing to potentially spend more money to go out of their insurance coverage...

Healthcare Quality, Cost Data Websites Fall Short for Consumers

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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 doing a better job in presenting healthcare quality and cost data to Medicare beneficiaries,...

NYU Langone, Lutheran to Create Clinically Integrated Network

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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, population health management, and advanced care supported by clinical analytics,...

Big Data, Clinical Analytics Will Produce Quality Improvement

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The adoption of health IT infrastructure, including EHRs, clinical analytics, and health information exchange, is the foundation of a higher quality, safer, more efficient healthcare ecosystem, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) asserts...

Nursing Quality Analytics Data Can Raise Patient Satisfaction

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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 and conduct procedures, nurses are often the ones who have to make clinical decisions...

37% of Hospitals Get Top Quality Marks from The Joint Commission

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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 third of the nation’s hospitals that report accountability measure performance...

Advanced EHR Use Brings 27% Decline in Patient Safety Errors

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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 of advanced EHR systems in Pennsylvania hospitals has produced a 27% decline in negative...

Does Accountable Care Improve Hospital Quality for Minorities?

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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 sweeping through the healthcare industry at a rapid...

Care Coordination Technique Reduces Medical Errors by 30%

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Pediatric residents who used the “I-PASS” system reduced medical errors and improved satisfaction with transitions of care. A simple mnemonic device can help providers improve care coordination and reduce patient safety issues and...

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