CMS announces new alternative payment model participants

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More than 359,000 clinicians have agreed to participate in four alternative payment models in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program grew by a net 47 to 480, including 26 Track 3 ACOs waived from the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, ACO

Study: ACO-affiliated hospitals reduce rehospitalizations from SNFs faster

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Hospitals participating in Medicare accountable care organizations reduced rehospitalizations from skilled nursing facilities faster than other hospitals after the program was initiated, according to a study published last week in Health Affairs. The study compared rehospitalization rates between 2007 and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, ACO

NQF announces new president and CEO

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The National Quality Forum today named as its president and CEO effective Jan. 30 Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., former deputy administrator and director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity. “I am honored to lead NQF during this exciting and pivotal time,” Agrawal said.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, leadership

CDC: Kidney failure from diabetes down 54% among American Indians

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The rate of diabetes-related kidney failure decreased 54% among Native American adults between 1996 and 2013 to match the rate for whites, according to a Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates for other racial/ethnic groups also decreased during the... read more

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

Study: Hospital VBP program not driving meaningful improvement in patient experience

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Medicare’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program has not accelerated the improvement of patient experience beyond previous trends, according to a study reported this week in Health Affairs. “Instead, we found that the rate of improvements in patient experience has slowed since the program was... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing

FDA issues MRI safety recommendations for patients with implantable infusion pumps

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The Food and Drug Administration today alerted health care providers and patients to safety concerns with the use of implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance imaging environment, citing reports of serious adverse events. Implantable infusion pumps are surgically implanted under the skin,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, safety, nurses, regulation

FDA alerts providers to cardiac device cybersecurity vulnerability, software patch

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St. Jude Medical is deploying a software update to a remote monitoring system used with its implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices to reduce the risk of patient harm due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week. The agency said health care providers... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, safety, Cybersecurity, nurses, regulation

Hospital Mergers Promote Value and Quality

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JAMA today published the report “How Would the Next President Ensure Competitiveness in the Health Care Marketplace?” which discusses consolidation. The drive to build a continuum of care that rewards value over volume is unlikely to abate because it’s what consumers demand. Building that continuum of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: consolidation

Reminder: Tomorrow last day to join HRET HIIN

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The deadline to join the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network is tomorrow, Dec. 22. To date, more than 30 state partners and 1,550 hospitals have committed to the HRET HIIN. The HIINs will work to reduce overall hospital-acquired conditions by 20% and 30-day... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, readmissions, HENs

Study: Penalties in HAC program influenced by number of cases, bed size

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Performance in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital-acquired Conditions Reduction Program is heavily influenced by hospital size, according to a new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. Researchers from the AHA, KNG Health Consulting, the Network for Excellence in Health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

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