Federal data on hospital-acquired infections, intended to help consumers choose hospitals, actually confuses them, a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology found.
Data from Medicare's value-based purchasing program contain broad variations and few clear patterns, according to a new report from Leavitt Partners, and the report's author says it may take solutions such as a separate program for low-volume hospitals or combining Medicare's care-quality programs to achieve meaningful improvements.
Patient preference during the hospital discharge planning process would hold greater weight under a new proposed rule that also aims to reduce readmissions.
Many hospitals are substituting observation care for readmissions, even those that do not stand to lose money if they don't reduce their rates, according to a Health Affairs blog post.
The federal government has fallen short in tracking spending on state health insurance marketplaces, dividing responsibility across multiple offices and creating confusion in the process, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Even as the government claims preventable hospital readmissions have dropped, a dramatic increase in hospitals' use of observation status and emergency care in lieu of readmission suggests many providers are gaming the quality standards.
After a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bundled payment pilot project saved $1 million its first year while strengthening outcomes, CMS announced 360 more providers will join the program.
The number of hospitals earning perfect scores on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' five-star scale doubled in a new round of ratings.
Physicians may soon be paid for end-of-life conversations with their patients under proposed changes to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule--a move that could catch on with private payers, as well.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status.