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August 1, 2007

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  • CMS unveils proposed list of 'no-payment' conditions

    As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began unveiling the details of is value-based purchasing plan (see the cover story in the July 2007 issue of HBQI), knowledgeable observers were waiting for the "other shoe" to drop. Well, now it has.
  • Study casts new doubt on effectiveness of P4P

    Does a pay-for-performance (P4P) approach to quality improvement really work? A new study in the June 6 issue of JAMA raises some serious questions as to whether it provides a superior incentive for hospitals to improve their performance.
  • Health systems form 'Safest Hospital Alliance'

    Three health care systems Wellmont Health System, based in Kingsport, TN; Novant Health, based in Winston-Salem, NC; and Adventist Health System, based in Winter Park, FL have come together to seek a solution to improving patient safety.
  • Model piloted at Wellmont facility

    Penny Romeo, RN, CPHQ, quality coordinator for Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN, may have as good an idea as anyone about the prospects for the Safest Hospital Alliance after all, for the last six months she has been installing the model at her facility.
  • Telehealth helps hospital cut readmissions by 75%

    Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta (GA) at Piedmont Hospital has used telehealth technology to significantly reduce the rate of hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
  • Mass General makes its survey findings public

    Why would a major, high-visibility facility like Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) willingly share the findings of its final accreditation report from The Joint Commission — especially when the findings were not entirely positive? The answer, according to its quality leadership, is at once simple, but the process is complex.
  • News Briefs

    The Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) devoted its June 2007 issue to a quality measurement program called the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).