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Why some are hopeful—and others skeptical—about Gawande at Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan

June 22, 2018


Since news broke that Atul Gawande will lead the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase health care venture, stakeholders have offered predictions about how Gawande will approach the job—with some applauding the pick and others questioning whether the respected surgeon and thought leader has the business acumen the job might demand.

Nearly 50% of VA nursing homes received one-star quality rating, VA data show

June 21, 2018


Documents obtained by USA Today and the Boston Globe show 60 of VA's 133 nursing homes had a one-star rating as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Atul Gawande will lead Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture

June 20, 2018


Atul Gawande—a prominent surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital who is widely viewed as an expert on patient safety—will lead the new Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase health care venture.

MedPAC proposes cuts to freestanding EDs, imaging payments

June 20, 2018


Among other things, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual June report to Congress includes proposals "to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital" emergency department services.

St. Luke's resumes heart transplant program after voluntary suspension

June 19, 2018


Doug Lawson—CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives' Texas Division, which owns Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center—says, "After reviewing two recent cases and taking steps to strengthen the heart transplant team, we are confident that the program is ready to move forward and serve the critically ill patients and their families who have placed their trust in us."

Are CMS' star ratings wrong? A new analysis argues CMS has miscalculated overall hospital ratings for years.

June 15, 2018


An analysis conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests CMS has been miscalculating hospitals' overall star ratings for about two years—possibly explaining why CMS earlier this week announced it would delay its scheduled July ratings update.

CMS won't update overall hospital star ratings in July. Here's why.

June 14, 2018


CMS says it is postponing its July update of hospitals' overall quality star ratings "to give time for additional analysis of the impact of changes to some of the measures on the star ratings and to address stakeholder concerns."

Treating patients in low-cost settings saves money. But does it risk lives?

June 14, 2018


Care delivery is shifting away from high-intensity settings and toward low-intensity settings, but experts moving patients toward the lowest-intensity setting might put them at risk in some instances.

USPSTF reiterates stance against ECGs for low-risk, asymptomatic patients

June 14, 2018


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is reiterating its previous guidance against performing electrocardiography screening on asymptomatic patients at low risk for cardiovascular diseases.

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