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

CMS: May 31 deadline to apply for MSSP, SNF three-day rule waiver

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Medicare Accountable Care Organizations that wish to participate in the Shared Savings Program, skilled nursing facility three-day rule waiver and Track 1+ model beginning Jan. 1 must submit a notice of intent to apply by 12 p.m. ET on May 31. For more information and guidance on submitting a notice of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, Medicare, ACO

CDC: Disparity between black and white death rates declining

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The age-adjusted death rate declined 25% for black Americans and 14% for white Americans between 1999 and 2015, reducing the overall disparity between black and white death rates from 33% to 16%, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among specific... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, population health

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