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  • NCQA seeks public comments on proposed changes to HEDIS measures

    The National Committee for Quality Assurance is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, a set of quality measures used by the CMS to assess the performance of Medicare Advantage plans and other commercial insurers. Proposed changes include doing away with an ambulatory-care metric that summarizes utilization and adding metrics to evaluate whether adolescents and adults who were treated for substance abuse disorder received follow-up care and to assess screening and follow-up for depression screening among pregnant women. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (2/12) Learn More

  • Healthgrades unveils annual list of top US hospitals

    Healthgrades released its list of the top 50 US hospitals for 2019, grouped by state. The list begins with two facilities in Arizona -- Dignity Health in Chandler and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix -- and closes with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. HealthLeaders Media (2/12) Learn More

  • Study evaluates readmissions, costs for MRSA, MSSA

    Data analysis showed a 22% overall readmission rate for patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-susceptible S. aureus, and the overall per-case readmission cost was $12,425, researchers wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. MRSA bacteremia was associated with more readmissions for bacteremia recurrence, a greater risk of in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays. Becker's Hospital Review (2/13) Learn More

  • Vertical integration has mixed impact on quality measures

    Vertical physician-hospital integration may improve quality in a small number of process of care measures, but market concentration was linked to decreases in patient satisfaction in 6 of 10 patient satisfaction scores, researchers reported in Medical Care Research and Review. Data used in the study came from the CMS Hospital Compare database for 2008 to 2015 and included readmission rates, patient satisfaction scores and process of care measurements. Becker's Hospital Review (2/13) Learn More

  • Verma: Health IT is lagging behind on EHR interoperability

    CMS Administrator Seema Verma told the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual meeting the health IT sector needs to catch up to the federal government in making strides toward interoperability of electronic health records. "This is a moment for us in the health care industry to step up; we need to see this as a call to action," said former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/12) Learn More

  • Health systems find innovative ways to use the cloud

    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's David Vawdrey told the Cloud Computing Forum that the health system expects to have most of its applications and infrastructure on the cloud by 2022, with the goal of improving patients' experience. Mercy Health System's Curtis Dudley said the system is commercializing its cloud services and offering them to other hospitals. Healthcare IT News (2/11) Learn More

  • AMA recommends potential changes to HIPAA privacy law

    Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (2/12) Learn More


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