Report: Hospitals enhance antibiotics stewardship, continue to reduce MRSA

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Hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to include all core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services on national progress to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, nurses, resource use

AHA webinar Nov. 17 to review MACRA QPP final rule

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Join AHA policy experts for a Nov. 17 webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule updating Quality Payment Program requirements for physicians and other eligible clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Released Nov. 2, the rule specifies what eligible... read more

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

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals and other health care facilities in certain counties affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Providers outside of those counties may... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness, preparedness

CMS announces initiative to reduce quality reporting burden

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma today announced a “Meaningful Measures” initiative to reduce the burden of quality reporting on health care providers. “The ultimate goal of Meaningful Measures is to direct efforts on high-priority areas,” Verma said, addressing the... read more

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

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

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A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

OIG calls for expanding use of claim codes for certain replacement devices

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should continue to work with national standards body X12 to include the new unique device identifier on its next version of health care claims forms, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General advised yesterday. OIG also... read more

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

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant yeast

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued recommendations to help health care providers and laboratories prevent the spread of Candida auris, an emerging, multidrug-resistant yeast. CDC alerted health care facilities to the concern last year and provided an update this May. As of Aug.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

CMS will not update overall hospital star ratings in October

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will not update its overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare in October. “CMS decided not to proceed with the October update to continue its examination of potential changes to the Star Rating methodology based on public... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare

AHA comments on proposed updates to hospital star ratings methodology

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The AHA yesterday again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remove its overall hospital star ratings from Hospital Compare and explore alternative approaches. Commenting on proposed updates to the ratings methodology, AHA noted that further analysis performed after the initial release of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

Reminder: Review IRF and LTCH quality data by Sept. 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals have until Sept. 30 to review their 2016 quality data before it is publicly reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in December. Providers also have until Sept. 30 to request a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review if... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

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