The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards

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The Joint Commission’s pain standards are unfairly blamed for the current prescription opioid epidemic because of “misperceptions” of what it requires hospitals and other accredited institutions to do, says David Baker, M.D., The Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, measurement, Program Integrity, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, advanced illness care

International Hospital Federation journal looks at end-of-life care practices

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The International Hospital Federation has issued the latest edition of its World Hospitals and Health Services journal, which focuses on end-of-life care practices. For more information, visit www.ihf-fih.org

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, advanced illness care

CMS releases final 2016 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today finalized a payment increase of 0.5% for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2016, as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to pay for advanced care planning services,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, regulation, members, advanced illness care

Coalition issues guide to transforming advanced illness care

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A new book by the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) identifies challenges, opportunities and action steps for transforming advanced illness care in the United States. The AHA is a co-sponsor of the book, which includes an introduction by Rich Umbdenstock, AHA past president and CEO. “C-TAC... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, advanced illness care

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