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Do patients have better outcomes when more nurses have a BSN?

July 16, 2019

A patient's chances of being discharged with good neurologic functions after an in-hospital cardiac arrest increases when hospitals have a higher share of nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing, according to a study published this month in Health Affairs.

How WakeMed reduced heart surgery readmission rates by 30%

July 16, 2019

WakeMed Health & Hospitals pioneered the use of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for heart surgery with dramatic results, seeing intensive care unit stays and readmissions fall and achieving estimated cost savings.

Inside the 346-page Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule

July 15, 2019

CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.

CMS proposes mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology

July 12, 2019

CMS on Wednesday issued a proposed rule to implement a mandatory bundled payment model intended to replace Medicare's current fee-for-service payment model for radiation oncology in certain geographic regions.

HHS is looking for health care leaders to help evaluate its quality programs

July 12, 2019

HHS on Tuesday announced that the department is launching a Quality Summit that aims to bring together government officials and health care industry stakeholders to discuss how HHS quality programs should be evaluated, adapted, and streamlined to help promote value-based care and bolster patient outcomes.

Inside Trump's plan to overhaul kidney care, donation process

July 11, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order that calls on HHS to overhaul the kidney care and donation allocation process, and HHS shortly after unveiled new payment models for Medicare providers who manage patients with kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

Nearly 90% of hospices have been cited for care deficiencies, HHS' OIG finds

July 11, 2019

Health inspectors from 2012 through 2016 cited nearly 90% of hospices for at least one deficiency—and about 20% of hospices had deficiencies serious enough to put patients in danger, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday by the HHS' Office of the Inspector General.

This hospital was fed up with 'top hospital' ratings. (So it created its own.)

July 11, 2019

After pushing back against popular hospital ratings systems for years, Rush University Medical Center last month released its own composite ranking for 70 U.S. hospitals.

Even doctors wind up getting plenty of low-value care, study finds

July 11, 2019

Doctors are not much better than patients when it comes to receiving recommended high-value care and foregoing unwarranted low-value services, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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