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There's 'no evidence' that HRRP increases patient deaths, former Obama official contends

February 4, 2019

Weighing in on a heated controversy over the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Peter Orszag—who was director of the Office of Management and Budget when HRRP was created—argues in NEJM Catalyst that HRRP has "either no effect or a beneficial one on mortality."

Hospital-acquired condition rates are falling, AHRQ finds

February 1, 2019

The rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 13% from 2014 to 2017, saving billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives, according to a report released Tuesday by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

CMS' top 3 priorities for 2019, according to Verma

January 31, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday said the agency in 2019 will focus on rural health care provider payments, encouraging more providers to enter value-based payment models, and advancing the use of technology in Medicare.

Why the 'hodgepodge' of ambulance routing protocols might hurt severe stroke patients

January 30, 2019

While emerging evidence suggests patients experiencing severe strokes fare better when taken to a hospital where they can receive a thrombectomy, the United States' assortment of ambulance protocols often can take them to other hospitals first.

How did cancer-causing chemicals wind up in US heart drugs?

January 29, 2019

FDA on Friday announced that it has identified the source of impurities believed to cause cancer that prompted recalls of various generic blood pressure and heart failure medications.

US performs far more CT and MRI scans than other countries. There's 'virtually no evidence' that's helpful, researchers say.

January 29, 2019

Researchers from Stanford University and Mayo Clinic in a JAMA opinion piece raise alarms about the prevalence of "unnecessary diagnostic imaging" in the United States, writing that there is "virtually no evidence" that more MRIs and CT scans "improve... overall population health."

The best (and worst) states for retiree health care, according to WalletHub

January 28, 2019

Minnesota, Hawaii, and Massachusetts topped WalletHub's list of the best places to retire in 2019 based on health care, but did not make WalletHub's list of the top-five best states for retirement overall.

Physician burnout has reached 'critical levels,' experts say. (But there are 3 ways to address the problem.)

January 28, 2019

A leading group of health care experts has declared physician burnout a "public health crisis," citing its impact on physician wellbeing and the U.S. health care system as a whole.

How Saint Francis built a 'hospital within a hospital' for joint replacements (and cut readmissions below the national average)

January 28, 2019

To prepare for a projected rise in hip and knee replacements, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2007 launched its own bundled-payment program and soon after saw readmission rates and lengths of stay for the procedures fall below the national average.

Hospitals are spending more on TV ads. Is that good for patients?

January 25, 2019

U.S. hospitals increasingly are relying on direct-to-consumer television advertisements to attract patients amid growing competition and rising health care costs—but some analysts say the ads could be misleading.

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