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  • Study links 30-day HF mortality rates to long-term survival

    Hospitals with the lowest 30-day risk-standardized mortality rates had a 76.8% long-term survival rate for heart failure patients, compared with a 73.7% rate among hospitals with the highest RSMR rates, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting and published in JAMA Cardiology. "Findings from our study suggest that hospital-level 30-day RSMR may be a useful metric for hospital performance and should potentially be weighted more in CMS financial incentive programs," researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/13) Learn More

  • Geriatricians' care model helps keep readmission rates low

    Geriatricians in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model had a lower patient readmission rate for conditions associated with value-based penalties under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, compared with other specialties, a study in the American Journal of Accountable Care showed. Researchers cited the care model used by geriatricians, which included continuity of care across settings and enhanced palliative care. RevCycle Intelligence (3/13) Learn More

  • National Quality Forum releases opioid prescribing guidance

    The National Quality Forum released "The National Quality Partners Playbook: Opioid Stewardship," to help clinicians safely prescribe opioid medications. The playbook was developed by the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team that included clinicians, federal agencies, health care organizations, pain management experts and other groups. Becker's Hospital Review (3/9) Learn More

  • Study links MOC to lower risk of disciplinary action

    An American Board of Internal Medicine study found physicians who passed maintenance of certification exams within 10 years of their original board certification were more than twice less likely to face state medical board disciplinary action. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also linked higher MOC exam scores with less severe action for physicians who were disciplined. Becker's Hospital Review (3/12) Learn More

  • Patient satisfaction levels higher in provider-hosted review websites

    Researchers found that health care provider-hosted review websites had more individual doctor ratings, higher average patient satisfaction scores and fewer negative reviews, compared with commercial third-party ratings websites. The findings, presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' annual meeting and published in the journal Orthopedics, also showed more credible ratings in hospital-sponsored review sites. Patient Engagement HIT (3/13) Learn More

  • Survey looks at providers' use of clinical surveillance tools

    A Spyglass Consulting Group survey found that extending EHR capabilities, customizing algorithms to hospital-based protocols, providing real-time access to data, and using data analytics to detect deteriorating conditions in patients are among the clinical surveillance technology tools hospitals and health systems are using to monitor high-risk patients. Hospital leaders cited the importance of these tools but reported being skeptical of technology vendors' claims related to predictive warnings and early detection for high-risk patients. Healthcare IT News (3/13) Learn More

  • Removal of caps helps Medicare patients get extended therapy

    Kaiser Health News (3/14) Learn More