CMS predicts qualifying status for Advanced APM participants

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Nearly 100% of clinicians who participated in Advanced Alternative Payment Models in 2016 would qualify for a 2019 incentive payment if they participate in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday in an email update. Eligible clinicians who participate in at least one Advanced APM in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, nurses

Hospital Compare overall star ratings will not be updated in July

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not update the overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare in July as scheduled due to data issues with three of the measures included in the safety group score, according to a QualityNet notice yesterday. CMS is working to correct data for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available June 1

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Beginning June 1, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals will be able to review their quality data for 30 days before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. “Corrections to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

NIH issues national action plan for COPD

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute yesterday released a national plan for addressing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Developed at the request of Congress and with input from the COPD community, the plan focuses on empowering... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, prevention

Palliative care leader named 2017 TRUST Award recipient

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Diane Meier, M.D., director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, will receive the Health Research & Educational Trust's 2017 TRUST Award at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit July 27 in San Diego. Under her leadership of the national organization, the number of palliative care programs in U.S.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, awards, leadership

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant fungus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 77 cases in the past year of the emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris, most in chronically ill patients with long stays at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. All but eight of the cases were in the New York City... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

AHA shares Medicare concerns of hospitals, post-acute providers with Congress

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on the status of the Medicare program, including payment provisions set to expire this year. In a statement submitted for the record, AHA highlighted how the low-volume adjustment, Medicare-dependent Hospital Program and ambulance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, access, VBP

Apply for the 2018 Circle of Life Award

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Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? If so, consider applying for the 2018 Circle of Life Award.

Since 1999, the “Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care” has honored shining examples of human compassion – care that helps people feel... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards, culture of safety, members, hospice, advanced illness care

Virginia hospitals report sharp decline in early elective deliveries

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Hospitals and health systems participating in a Virginia collaborative to reduce early elective deliveries, which can increase health complications for babies, reduced non-medically necessary deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation from 8% to 1.3% over the past four years, the Virginia Hospital &... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, maternal health, infant health

CMS updates electronic clinical quality measures for 2018 reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today posted the annual updates to its electronic clinical quality measures for hospitals and eligible professionals for calendar year 2018 electronic reporting for CMS quality reporting and incentive programs. CMS updates the specifications annually to align... read more

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

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