Hospitals can review data on certain episode-related payment measures

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Hospitals in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program can review their calendar year 2017 data for three clinical episode-based payment measures through Sept. 16 at the QualityNet secure portal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The reports, on the three condition EBP... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

AHRQ reports continued gains in health care quality

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Health care quality continued to improve overall through 2015, with notable gains in patient safety and person-centered care, according to the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. About 80% of the person-centered measures,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, equity

CMS launches Hospice Compare website

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today unveiled its Hospice Compare website, which initially shows how more than 3,800 hospices perform on seven quality measures related to patient treatment preferences, managing pain and treating symptoms. CMS plans to add patient experience of care data to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, hospice

Study examines cannabis use for chronic pain

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Limited evidence suggests that cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain in some patients, but insufficient evidence exists for other types of chronic pain, according to a study reported yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study reviewed the benefits of plant-based cannabis preparations for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Commission aligns ORYX eCQM requirements with final inpatient rule

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Acute-care hospitals will be required to report on at least four, rather than six, self-selected electronic clinical quality measures for ORYX performance measure reporting in calendar year 2017, the Joint Commission announced today. The change aligns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

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After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize,... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards

CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses

CMS issues LTCH PPS final rule for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its long-term care hospital prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2018. Under the rule, traditional LTCH PPS rates will be updated by 1.0%, as mandated, while payment rates for site-neutral cases will decrease by a net 20%.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

CMS finalizes hospice wage index, payment rates for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule updating Medicare’s hospice wage index, payment rates and cap amount for fiscal year 2018. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 set the hospice market basket update at 1% for FY 2018, meaning hospices will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, hospice

CDC issues report on antibiotic use, stewardship

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A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report provides an overview of antibiotic use in U.S. health care settings and what health care providers, patients, insurers and others can do to support appropriate antibiotic use to prevent antibiotic resistance. For more information on appropriate use... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, resource use

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