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Inside CMS' efforts to bolster patient safety at nursing homes

December 4, 2018

CMS last month announced new efforts intended to increase safety at U.S. nursing homes, following reports of patient safety issues at nursing homes throughout the United States.

How nearly 3,000 hospitals fared on VBP penalties, bonuses for FY 2019

December 4, 2018

CMS says more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals will receive bonus payments in fiscal year 2019 under Medicare's Value-Based Purchasing Program.

3 key lessons of Intermountain's 15-minute daily huddles, according to its CEO

December 4, 2018

Intermountain Healthcare CEO Marc Harrison shares how the health system's tiered escalation huddles improve patient safety and increase transparency in operations.

Breast implants might be more dangerous than acknowledged, patient advocates argue

December 3, 2018

FDA is re-examining claims that breast implants could be linked to an array of health problems—at the same time it is working to ease medical device makers' reporting burdens.

Private equity bought this nursing home chain. Then came a slew of health-code violations, investigation finds

November 28, 2018

A Washington Post investigation suggests HCR ManorCare's nursing homes saw an increase in health-code violations after Carlyle Group and investors extracted $1.3 billion from the company in 2011, but HCR ManorCare—which has since been acquired by a nonprofit group—has disputed the findings, arguing the Post's analysis "is not a valid approach to evaluate and compare nursing home quality."

Rural hospitals keep closing—and that could have significant health effects

November 27, 2018

Hospital closures, particularly in rural areas, have outpaced new hospitals every year since 2011, and research shows that trend can have significant health consequences on the local population.

Walmart is offering no-cost spinal surgeries to employees—but there's a catch

November 21, 2018

Walmart beginning next year will require employees who need spinal surgery to get the procedure at one of a handful of hospitals nationwide that the company has selected for offering better-quality care at lower prices.

Health system apologizes, more than 2 years after patient who couldn't access the ED died

November 19, 2018

Leaders at Cambridge Health Alliance last week sat down with the husband of a woman who died after collapsing outside a locked emergency department door in 2016, offering their apologies and acknowledging "multiple failures," according to the Boston Globe.

The states with the highest (and lowest) maternal mortality, mapped

November 16, 2018

An analysis shows maternal mortality rates vary widely by state, ranging from a low of 4.0 deaths per 100,000 births in California to a high of 58.1 deaths per 100,000 births in Louisiana.

When hospitals merge, prices can increase by more than 50%, according to a new analysis

November 16, 2018

Hospitals often argue that consolidation will lower prices, but an analysis from the Nicholas C. Petris Center at the University of California-Berkeley finds that consolidation actually leads to higher prices.

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