Quality and Safety

With programs like "Pay-for-Performance," which enables insurance companies to reward physicians based on the quality of care they provide, healthcare providers aim to increase quality and safety for patients during appointments or hospital visits. By putting a heavy emphasis on decreasing readmissions, hospital-acquired infections and other patient dangers, healthcare providers expect to lower the overall cost of care.

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Hospitals may have less control over readmissions than clinicians, administrators or federal regulators would like to believe, new research suggests, meaning that the readmissions penalties imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be inappropriate.
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Post date: April 23, 2014
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Engagement is a big buzzword in healthcare these days. Every program seeks to achieve it; every provider wants to enhance it. But what is engagement exactly?
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Post date: April 10, 2014
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Engagement is a big buzzword in healthcare these days. Every program seeks to achieve it; every provider wants to enhance it. But what is engagement exactly?
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Post date: April 10, 2014
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Most hospital administrators choose to implement vendor management systems to keep track of who is in the facility, what they are doing in the facility and to make sure the vendors have the training the organization wants them to have, but today's vendor management technologies allow for expanded uses.
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Post date: April 4, 2014
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a highly regarded teaching hospital in Boston, but in 2012, the hospital found out it had one of the highest rates of readmissions among Medicare patients in the country. That meant federal fines of more than $1 million -- and a lot of soul searching for the staff.
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Post date: April 4, 2014
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Last week, Consumer Reports released new safety scores for 2,591 U.S. hospitals. The magazine is just one of a number of organizations that rates hospitals on safety. Should hospitals care about all these rankings?
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Post date: March 31, 2014
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The quality of a hospital or health system is usually linked to patient outcomes, not to administrative or financial efficacy. But smooth interactions between patients and the hospital business office should also be viewed as critical to an organization's quality, says one CFO.
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Post date: March 19, 2014
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Hospitals are just beginning to catch on to the promise of integrated data analytics to manage patient population health and measure treatment outcomes. These benefits not only assist the transition toward patient-focused care, they're helping healthcare institutions reduce associated costs.
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Post date: March 13, 2014
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Critical access hospitals in five states are facing a spring deadline to apply for participation in a federal program aiming to develop and test new models of integrated, coordinated healthcare in rural communities.
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Post date: March 5, 2014
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It's the rare hospital C-suite executive who doesn't worry about the federally-mandated financial penalties that can result from not reining in avoidable 30-day readmissions. Several potentially useful solutions to this costly problem have sprung up recently.
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Post date: March 5, 2014
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Since 2008 when CMS first implemented the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey for U.S. hospitals, the scores from these surveys have become increasingly more important to hospital executives as a measure of quality. They are now used to determine 30 percent of the total incentive under the Hospital Value Based Purchasing program.
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Post date: February 28, 2014
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Last month, Paul R. Bengston, CEO of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, a small, critical access hospital located in St. Johnsbury, Vt., was chosen to lead the American Hospital Association's Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2014. The 21-person governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA's policy process and member services initiatives.
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Post date: February 27, 2014
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There’s a lot of buzz in the healthcare community about the right path to choose for accreditation and deemed status with CMS. For many years, The Joint Commission has been the number one choice, but Det Norske Veritas, a newcomer in 2008, is gaining significant ground.
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Post date: April 23, 2014
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Avoiding readmissions penalties has an obvious and direct impact on a healthcare organization's revenue. In an effort to improve patient care and keep your organization's revenue healthy, effective communication is essential.
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Post date: March 20, 2014
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Managing ambulatory care used to be about taking care of patients while managing your budget. Those days will have to change to stay competitive with the new payment model.
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Post date: March 18, 2014
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In its third year as a Pioneer ACO, Montefiore Care Management has seen a 10 percent reduction in inpatient admissions, a 35 percent reduction in all-cause readmissions and a 45 percent reduction in diabetes inpatient admissions.
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Post date: February 24, 2014
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As a healthcare consumer, am I most interested in short-term complications and readmission rates or am I interested in getting cured of whatever I have? The recent hullabaloo over narrow networks and whether a more expensive hospital is worth it or not seems to miss the bigger point.
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Post date: February 6, 2014
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It is so striking that hospitals are keen to accept and publicize the results of the fairly meaningless U.S. News and World Report hospital rankings and yet complain bitterly when the Leapfrog Group posts scores based on data about preventable medical errors and injuries.
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Post date: October 24, 2013
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Making healthcare quality reporting more patient-centered should be a natural part of making healthcare itself more patient-centered, say two authors of a recent New England Journal of Medicine article.
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Post date: October 21, 2013
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Perhaps the most front and center challenge facing healthcare providers today in preparing for the impact of the Affordable Care Act is in the area of reducing costs.
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Post date: September 23, 2013
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Two-thirds of U.S. hospitals will receive payment reductions tied to Medicare readmission penalties to see that improving the level of care will be the foundation for building operational sustainability in the future.
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Post date: September 12, 2013
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As the Affordable Care Act continues to move full speed ahead, providers across the country are preparing for what is estimated to be upwards of 35 million newly insured consumers who could ultimately enter the healthcare system.
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Post date: September 4, 2013
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Is it realistic to expect Accountable Care Organizations to achieve their cost-reduction targets in the first year of their programs? The experience of the original 32 Pioneer ACOs is suggestive.
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Post date: August 29, 2013
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Affinity Health Plan, Inc. recently reached a $1.2 million settlement with the HHS Office for Civil Rights related to potential violations of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
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Post date: August 22, 2013
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