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Is the US wasting donated kidneys? New study sparks debate.

September 5, 2019

There are 93,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, and kidney disease kills about 5,000 U.S. residents on the kidney waiting list annually—yet a study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the United States throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019

A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019

Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

Why CMS is revamping its star ratings (and why hospital groups aren't pleased)

August 20, 2019

CMS on Monday announced the agency in early 2020 will update hospital star ratings using its current methodology, despite pushback from providers who say the methodology is flawed. CMS also said by 2021 it will release a proposed rule aimed at changing the methodology.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019

Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

ACA exchange plans will soon feature quality star ratings

August 16, 2019

CMS on Thursday announced it will require state and federal exchange websites to display quality star ratings for Affordable Care Act exchange plans, starting with the 2020 open enrollment period.

The best hospitals for women's health care, according to Healthgrades

August 7, 2019

Healthgrades has named its recipients of the 2019 Women's Care Awards, which the organization says recognizes hospitals "that demonstrate exceptional outcomes and excel in women's health care services."

The 165 best hospitals, according to US News

August 2, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 30th annual Best Hospitals rankings, which this year recognized 165 hospitals for their performance in at least one of 16 specialties.

CMS delays summer star ratings update (again)

July 17, 2019

A CMS spokesperson said the agency will not release updated hospital star ratings in August as expected and is delaying their release until further notice while a panel of experts reviews the methodology and proposes changes.

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.

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