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  • NQF recommends 20 quality measures for rural health care

    The National Quality Forum this week recommended 20 quality measures to improve rural health care as part of its Measure Applications Partnership. There are nine measures for hospitals and 11 for ambulatory care settings. FierceHealthcare (9/18) Learn More

  • Heart failure interventions cut mortality, LOS, readmissions

    Using a standard care management program reduced the average length of stay for hospitalized heart failure patients from 7.60 days to 6.56 days, according to a study presented at the Heart Failure Society of America conference. A second study showed lung impedance-oriented care reduced deaths from heart failure, all-cause mortality and heart failure readmissions. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/19) Learn More

  • Study: Readmission risks higher in for-profit hospitals

    The risk of readmission was higher for patients treated at for-profit hospitals than nonprofit or public hospitals, researchers reported in PLOS One. The study, which analyzed data from the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program from 2012 to 2015, included cases of heart attack, heart failure, coronary artery bypass surgery, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and total hip or knee replacement surgery. Healthcare Finance (9/19) Learn More

  • Quality of care shows improvement at some VA hospitals

    A Department of Veterans Affairs survey has found that the quality of care at five VA hospitals has improved over the last year enough that they can be removed from a list of high-risk facilities. More than 146 VA facilities were evaluated, with 103 showing service quality improvements and seven showing declines. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/18) Learn More

  • Study links telehealth use to better care delivery

    A study conducted by Humana showed that physicians who use a telehealth platform were more decisive about follow-ups and tests and prescribed fewer antibiotics, compared with in-office visits. Researchers evaluated about 5,500 patient cases in 2016 and 2017 and found that a telehealth visit costs $38 on average, while a visit to the doctor's office costs $114. mHealth Intelligence (9/17) Learn More

  • Survey examines physicians' top EHR-related concerns

    Deloitte polled 624 US primary care and specialty physicians and found that interoperability was the top improvement they would want to make to EHR systems, followed by improved capability to add patient visit information, and availability and accessibility of EHRs via mobile devices. Rounding out the list were improved workflow management support, automated reporting and enhanced capability to generate custom reports. Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (9/17) Learn More

  • Mandatory sepsis reporting reduces mortality, study says

    MedPage Today (free registration) (9/13) Learn More


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