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The Leapfrog Group names 109 'Top Hospitals' for 2017

December 8, 2017

The Leapfrog Group President and CEO Leah Binder says, "The Top Hospital award highlights American hospitals that are providing the highest quality of care to their patients."

Temp, full-time doctors provide similar quality of care, study suggests

December 8, 2017

Staff Care, a national recruiting firm that connects locum tenens physicians with hospitals, estimates that the number of temp doctors has almost doubled since 2002, totaling about 48,000 in 2017.

Sens. unveil bill to reform how VA provides health care

December 6, 2017

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says the bill "would deliver long overdue, critical reforms to the VA, including commonsense reporting standards that ensure cost-efficient care to our nation's veterans."

Are overlapping surgeries safe? New study contradicts previous research that says 'yes.'

December 6, 2017

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that overlapping surgeries can increase the risk of complications for patients undergoing hip surgeries, but those findings conflict with a separate study published last month in JAMA Surgery.

CMS extends enforcement delay for some long-term care requirements

December 6, 2017

CMS in a recent notice says it is imposing an 18-month moratorium on enforcement activities for several portions of a final rule for long-term care facilities so the agency can "address concerns regarding the scope and timing of the revised requirements."

USA Today: VA hired providers who faced disciplinary actions from state licensing boards

December 5, 2017

USA Today finds that, in one instance, Veterans Affairs (VA) hired a neurosurgeon whose license had previously been suspended by a state licensing board even though federal law prohibits VA from doing so.

Patients define 'value' differently than providers do, survey finds

December 5, 2017

Bob Pendleton, the chief medical quality officer at the University of Utah who worked on the survey, says the term "value" has become political "propaganda" in the health care industry.

Analysts warn hospital bankruptcies could be looming

December 5, 2017

Industry observers say an increasing number of hospitals and other health care companies likely will file for bankruptcy or restructure their debt in the coming year.

CMS proposes reporting measures for Medicare quality, VBP programs

December 4, 2017

Kate Goodrich, director of CMS' Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, says the list of quality and cost measures under consideration for Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs includes 32 measures focused "on clearly defined, meaningful measure priority areas that safeguard public health and improve patient outcomes."

CMS cancels 3 mandatory bundled payment models, scales back a 4th

December 1, 2017

CMS' new final rule eliminates three planned Medicare mandatory bundled payment models and scales back a fourth, and cancels a cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model.

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