CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

AHRQ provides informed consent training modules for health care professionals

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a training resource for hospital leaders that provides guidance on developing informed consent policies and securing organizational support for best practices in informed consent. In addition, the agency has released a training resource for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, patient safety

AHA shares public policy priorities with President-elect Trump

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The AHA today shared with President-elect Trump its public policy priorities for the new administration. “In today’s transformative and challenging environment, we are proud of the contributions of America’s hospitals and health systems, and are encouraged by the opportunities to lead our health care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, Coverage, access

NIH research program to target health disparities in surgical outcomes

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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, yesterday announced an initiative that will fund research on disparities in surgical care and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. The program will collaborate with NIH and the Agency for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, equity, access

ACS releases principles on intraoperative responsibility of primary surgeon

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The American College of Surgeons has released a Statement on Principles on the responsibility of the primary surgeon during surgery. Recent news reports had raised questions about the primary surgeon initiating a second surgery before the first surgery was fully completed. These reports led to a larger... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physicians

CDC issues final opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today finalized its guidance for primary care physicians prescribing opioids to adults for chronic pain in outpatient settings. The voluntary guidelines summarize scientific knowledge about the effectiveness and risks of long-term opioid therapy, and provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physicians, opioids

HHS: 30% of Medicare fee-for-service payments tied to quality or value

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An estimated 30% of Medicare fee-for-service payments were tied to quality or value through alternative payment models as of January, up from 20% in 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. “This milestone was met when 121 new accountable care organizations joined the... read more

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

CMS model aims to increase access to health-related social services

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Hospitals and health systems, health care practices, community-based organizations and others can apply until March 31 to participate in a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model that will test whether access to health-related social services reduces health care costs and use of inpatient... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, socioeconomic status, Medicare, Community health, Medicaid, care coordination

AHASTAT blog: Decision to admit or discharge patient complex medical decision

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In an AHASTAT blog post today, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack challenges a recent New York Times column suggesting there is a “hidden financial incentive” behind shorter hospital stays and lower readmissions. “The bottom line is that the decision to admit or discharge a patient is a complex medical... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physicians, readmissions, RACs

AHA Chair: Celebrate today's advances, but invest in health for tomorrow

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“This is an exciting time,” writes AHA Chairman Jonathan Perlin, M.D., in a commentary today in Modern Healthcare, citing recent gains in life expectancy. However, “[d]espite the advances in modern medicine and our nation’s best efforts to prevent disease, serious illnesses remain inevitable and the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: quality care

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