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  • MedPAC calls for consolidation of Medicare's value-based programs

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted unanimously to recommend the consolidation of hospital quality initiatives into a single program linking Medicare payments to the quality of care, arguing the move would prevent confusion and overlapping requirements. The commission outlined recommendations for a program called the Hospital Value Incentive Program and said it should start in 2020 and increase the payment rate for acute care hospitals by 2% over this year. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (1/17) Learn More

  • Pronovost: Health care needs new patient safety narrative

    Health care must change its narrative about patient safety so that reaching a goal of zero patient deaths from hospital infections is seen as feasible, Dr. Peter Pronovost told a Patient Safety Movement Foundation summit. MedStar Health Vice President David Mayer, who helped create the Communication and Optimal Resolution Toolkit, was named new CEO of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. FierceHealthcare (1/21) Learn More

  • Inappropriate antibiotics in ED prevalent in pediatric bronchiolitis

    Researchers found that 69.9% of children younger than 2 who were given antibiotics in emergency departments for bronchiolitis didn't have any documented concomitant bacterial infection, with penicillins and macrolides being the most commonly prescribed antibiotics. The findings in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society should prompt the implementation of quality improvement interventions, especially in nonpediatric and nonteaching hospitals, researchers wrote. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (1/17) Learn More

  • Hospitals make strategic moves as inpatient landscape shifts

    Hospitals in Charleston, S.C., are making strategic moves to counter shifts in inpatient numbers, in some cases consolidating services or aligning them more closely with where people live and work. East Cooper Medical Center CEO Patrick Downes said even though the facility is seeing inpatient growth it is looking for other options as the demand for services shifts. The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (1/21) Learn More

  • Poll: Physicians say Medicare payments don't cover cost of care

    Sixty-seven percent of physicians who responded to a poll conducted by the Medical Group Management Association said Medicare reimbursements do not cover the cost of care. Practices are turning to private insurance companies to cover costs. Becker's Hospital Review (1/17) Learn More

  • Study examines health care organizations' approaches to HIE

    Health care organizations use three proprietary approaches to health information exchange -- data exchange between physicians who "use the same EHR," those who "use an EHR that participates in an EHR vendor alliance" and physicians who "are part of the same integrated system" -- but smaller facilities have greater need for open approaches, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers also found that 33% of Medicare patient transitions could be completed by using one of the three HIE approaches, while 45% of patients still require open data exchange methods. Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (1/16) Learn More

  • Study finds 27% increase in new drug shortages

    Becker's Hospital Review (1/18) Learn More


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