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VA ends hospital star-ratings program

December 20, 2019

Veterans Affairs (VA) this month discontinued its star-ratings system in an effort to better enable veterans seeking care to compare both VA and non-VA health care facilities.

How HHS wants to overhaul organ donations—and promote more living donors

December 19, 2019

HHS on Tuesday released two proposed rules intended to hold underperforming organ procurement organizations accountable for performance and promote more organ donations from living donors.

The 120 best hospitals, according to Leapfrog

December 18, 2019

The Leapfrog Group on Tuesday released its 2019 Top Hospitals list, recognizing 120 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

Why CMS' proposed star ratings changes might not help consumers

November 22, 2019

Members of a CMS advisory panel are worried that potential long-term changes to CMS' star-ratings methodology for hospitals would not actually help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for care.

Nursing Home Compare now warns consumers about abuse violations

November 21, 2019

CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.

Leapfrog just graded 2,633 hospitals on safety. How did they fare?

November 12, 2019

The Leapfrog Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

The top hospitals for 16 specialties, according to Healthgrades

October 23, 2019

Healthgrades on Tuesday released its 2020 Specialty Excellence Awards, which recognize 1,007 hospitals that rank in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for at least one of 16 specialty areas Healthgrades evaluated.

Nursing Home Compare will soon alert consumers about abuse violations

October 9, 2019

CMS on Monday announced that it will add a new icon to its Nursing Home Compare website to alert consumers when a nursing home has been cited for incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Inside Walmart's plan to steer employees to high-quality doctors

October 4, 2019

Walmart on Thursday announced that, starting next year, it will test a program in certain markets that will financially incentivize employees to use doctors the company has determined are higher-quality than other doctors in the area.

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.

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