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July 1, 2016

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  • Usefulness of Quality Measures Questioned, May Be Misleading

    Quality can be hard to define in any arena, and in medicine there can be so many variables that pinning down which hospital is better than another becomes a herculean task. That is one reason hospitals have been bombarded with a slew of quality measures and metrics that promise to distill all those variables into hard numbers and rankings that can be used to assess a hospital’s quality and patient safety.

  • Study Finds Only 1 in 21 Quality Measures Valid

    <>New research from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Baltimore suggests that most of the measures used by government agencies and public rankings to rate the safety of hospitals are not accurate or reliable.
  • Self-Reported Data May Be Inaccurate

    In addition to the vexing problem of quality measures that unfairly downgrade a hospital’s quality and safety scores, common quality measures also can boost a hospital’s scores higher than they deserve, says David Friend, MD, MBA, chief transformation officer and managing director of the Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation with BDO USA, a consulting company based in Chicago.

  • Precise Coding Is Best Defense with Quality Measures

    A lot is riding on quality measures that have been proven invalid, but more accurate measures are not coming any time soon.

  • TJC Allows Docs to Text Orders

    In a move that was welcomed by many healthcare professionals, there's wariness in the ranks.

  • TJC Launches New SAFER Scoring Matrix

    The Joint Commission is launching a new matrix for identifying deficiencies cited during surveys, hoping the new format will help hospitals prioritize and focus corrective actions.

  • AHA Continues Fight Against OIG Reviews

    The American Hospital Association is continuing its campaign against the ongoing hospital compliance reviews conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which it says are not conducted fairly.