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June 1, 2013

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  • How do you promote quality when quality doesn’t pay?

    When a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported in April that surgeries with complications lead to higher reimbursement from payers1 public and private alike the mainstream press jumped on it with headlines that seemed to implicate the medical profession with some sort of scam: By not doing the best job, they could make more money.
  • What makes for good care coordination?

    Ask a doctor if she thinks her hospital does a good job at care coordination or an administrator or board member and shed probably say yes. She might admit to room for improvement, but in all likelihood, she would think she and her peers do a good job taking care of patients in and out of the acute care setting.
  • What can you learn from your data?

    Just how many data points are collected for every patient every day in your hospital? It numbers in the thousands, and much of the information is never used. Imagine what you could do if you harnessed all the data you have at your fingertips.
  • Data bank merger: More reports likely

    The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) announced a merger in April that became effective last month.
  • AHRQ releases 10 best bets for safety

    A new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ticks off the top 10 patient safety strategies that providers and organizations can implement right now to positively impact patient care.
  • NCQA testing new way to measure quality

    The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are evaluating a new measurement tool that they hope will be a better gauge of risk factors and focus on improving outcomes for heart disease and diabetes patients.
  • Checklist improves crisis management

    Surgical crisis simulations in three hospitals found that using a checklist rather than relying on memory alone leads to better adherence to critical processes of care.
  • Study looks at outcomes impact of errors

    Malpractice information from the National Practitioner Data Bank over 25 years has showed that most mistakes come from diagnostic errors, not surgical mistakes or medication errors, according to a study published in the British Medical Journals Quality and Safety journal1.
  • CMS issues 2014 Medicare IPPS proposal

    Late in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed update to policies and payments for inpatient care in fiscal year 2014.