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NCQA Project Promotes Patient-Centered, Quality Care

June 6, 2018 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that it will launch the Person-Driven Outcome Measures Project, an endeavor to enhance care quality and promote patient-centered care by helping older individuals with complex health needs achieve their goals. Funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the SCAN Foundation, the demonstration project will take place over...


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Early Adoption of Quality Measures Benefited Psychiatric Hospitals

by Jessica Kent

Hospitals that began reporting their inpatient psychiatric services measures early improved their performance over time and had a comparative advantage over their peers, according to a study conducted by The Joint Commission’s Health Research...

Over 80% of Nurses See Increased Role in Patient Management

by Jessica Kent

Eighty-seven percent of registered nurses (RNs) agreed that non-physician healthcare professionals, including RNs and nurse practitioners, are playing an increasingly important role in patient management and care coordination, according to a...

BCBS Value-Based Care Programs Boost Quality, Reduce Costs

by Jessica Kent

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) recently announced that its network of value-based care programs, including accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), is outperforming other initiatives in...

Humana Launches Value-Based Care Model for Expectant Mothers

by Jessica Kent

Humana has partnered with OB-GYN practices to introduce a national value-based payment model that will improve maternity care quality and reduce costs for Humana members with low- to moderate-risk pregnancies. “Because quality maternity...

Will Clinical Decision Support, Health IT Cut Diagnostic Errors?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare professionals are continually being asked to do more with less.  With more patients but less time; more data but fewer meaningful tools to help them process it, it seems almost inevitable that diagnostic errors and patient safety...

EHR, Lab Data Support Pediatric AKI Analytics Dashboard

by Jennifer Bresnick

At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, reducing the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) is an exercise in elegant analytical simplicity.  Without extra funding, new vendors, or a massive organizational effort, Dr. Kanwal...

Big Data Analytics, Governance Align CHI’s 100+ Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

No matter what their scope or scale, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with developing the data analytics and governance competencies to gain much-needed visibility into their opportunities to improve. Organizations big and small...

PCORI Works to Expand Patient-Centered Research, Data Sharing

by Jessica Kent

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) made significant strides in delivering patient-centered research to healthcare providers and patients in the past year, but the organization hopes to further expand its efforts in 2018,...

VA to Get “Aggressive” with Hospital Quality Improvement Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking an “aggressive new approach” to improving hospital quality at more than a dozen of its lowest-performing healthcare facilities, officials announced this week. Fifteen medical centers...

Machine Learning Underpins Predictive Analytics for Hypertension

by Jessica Kent

A predictive analytics model using machine learning to extract patient EHR data effectively predicted patients at high-risk for hypertension and could ultimately improve care quality and reduce healthcare costs, according to a study published...

EHR Natural Language Processing Identifies Care Guideline Adherence

by Jessica Kent

Using natural language processing (NLP) can help providers measure the quality of heart failure inpatient care by extracting key data from the electronic health record (EHR) and monitoring adherence to clinical guidelines, according to a study...

751 Orgs Get Medicare Penalties for Hospital Acquired Conditions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicare has penalized 751 of the nation’s hospitals and health systems for high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs) such as preventable falls, infections, and pressure ulcers. Organizations included on the list will see a...

FDA Antibiotic Stewardship Tool Offers Centralized Data Resource

by Jessica Kent

The FDA has launched a new antibiotic stewardship system that will serve as a centralized data resource for antimicrobial drugs while providing physicians with the most up-to-date information to improve patient safety. The web pages offer the...

AMA, AHA Applaud Providers for Blood Pressure Control Successes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) are congratulating 310 physician practices and health systems for their commitment to tackle of the nation’s most common chronic diseases: high blood pressure that...

Patient Safety at Risk as 52% of Adults Misuse Prescriptions, Opioids

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than half of adult patients misused one or more prescription drugs in 2016, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis, including legal and illegal opioids.  The high rate of substance misuse – including the 22 percent of specimens...

How Many Emergency Department Visits are Really Avoidable?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reducing emergency department utilization is a top goal for many population health management and value-based care initiatives, but how many trips to the ED could actually be classified as “avoidable” in the first place? According...

Why Patient-Reported Outcomes Data is Key to Healthcare Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

Considering that the ultimate goal of healthcare is to help patients live high-quality, productive lives, it would seem that patient-reported outcomes data should be the foundation upon which all quality improvement efforts are built.  Yet...

NQF: Adding Socioeconomic Risk to Population Health Measures is a Challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

Socioeconomic risk factors and community determinants of health are becoming increasingly important to care providers concerned about how to succeed with population health management and chronic disease care, yet incorporating these variables...

Geisinger, Baylor Granted $3.5M for Patient Safety Learning Lab

by Jennifer Bresnick

Geisinger Health System and the Baylor College of Medicine have received a three-year, $3.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish a patient safety learning lab focused on reducing harm and improving clinical accuracy....

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