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OIG to Review Hospital Quality, Population Health in 2015

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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 continue to make reviews of public health organizations and population...

84% of Docs Say CMS Makes Clinical Quality Improvement Harder

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Overly complex clinical quality improvement reporting requirements are frustrating providers while sapping time and resources, MGMA says. Eighty-four percent of healthcare providers don’t believe that Medicare clinical quality improvement programs...

Do Hospital-Based Interventions Reduce 30-Day Readmissions?

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Hospital-based interventions may not have a significant impact on 30-day or 90-day readmissions for chronic diseases, one study says. Hospitals may not be able to reduce unplanned 30-day readmissions for chronic disease patients through transitional...

Can Analytics Help False Hand Hygiene Reporting to Come Clean?

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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 rate of compliance, but data analytics and electronic...

Six Ways to Foster an Environment of Patient-Centered Care

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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

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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,...

Docs return to bad antibiotic habits when monitoring ends

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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 JAMA this month.  While stewardship interventions are effective in reducing...

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

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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...

Data analytics, patient safety are top FDA priorities in 2014

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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...

Does high-intensity care improve Medicare patient outcomes?

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Medicare patients undergoing major surgery experienced more serious and numerous complications at hospitals with a propensity for providing aggressive and intensive treatment, says a study published in JAMA this week, but those patients were...

Children’s Medical of Dallas wins HIM improvement award

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Children’s Medical Center of Dallas has received the AHIMA Grace Award for its innovative efforts to leverage health information management strategies and EHR technology to reduce hospital readmissions, and improve the quality of their...

Congress wants end-of-life planning reimbursed by CMS

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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, in order to encourage documented decision making for difficult...

Major payers, providers form accountable care organizations

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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) continue to crop up around the country as providers accelerate the shift from pay-for-performance to value-based reimbursements, adding to evidence that the pay-for-performance model may be a sustainable...

Using medical malpractice litigation for healthcare analytics

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In medicine, the first rule is to do no harm.Unfortunately, patients are injured as a result of medical treatment, or a preventable mishap occurs due to negligence on a doctor’s behalf. Such occurrences can manifest in the form of improper...

Clinical quality, patient engagement kick off Health IT Week

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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 healthcare technology and delivery questions facing patients and providers.  With five themed...

CDC: 78% of hospitals may be overusing antibiotic treatments

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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...

Will ICD-10 impact patient safety reporting, hospital quality?

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The transition to ICD-10 may have a negative impact on patient safety reporting and the subsequent perception of hospital quality, argues a new study in JAMIA this week, by producing erroneous comparisons between the new codes and the current...

Study: More drugs might not mean fewer blood clots

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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...

Better patient safety needs clinical analytics, cultural change

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Much of the recent buzz around keeping patients healthier for longer has revolved around how patients manage their own care between provider visits.  Keeping patients out of the hospital with more robust primary care and better patient engagement...

Stanford starts first clinical informatics fellowship program

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Stanford Medicine will offer the first accredited clinical informatics fellowship for physicians that will lead to a certification in the new subspecialty.  While physicians can take a board exam to gain their certification until 2017, they...

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