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CMS data on hospital-acquired infections confuses consumers

Federal data on hospital-acquired infections, intended to help consumers choose hospitals, actually confuses them, a study published in  Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology  found.

Value-based purchasing scores remain volatile

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.

Proposed CMS rule aims to involve patients in discharge

Patient preference during the hospital discharge planning process would hold greater weight under a new proposed rule that also aims to reduce readmissions.

As readmissions fall, observation status rises--even at hospitals outside readmissions program

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.

GAO slams oversight of state insurance marketplace IT spending

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.

Observation status, ED visits create illusion of fewer readmissions, quality gains

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.

CMS: Success of bundled-payment program leads to 360 new participants

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.

Five-star hospitals double in quarterly Hospital Compare update

The number of hospitals earning perfect scores on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' five-star scale doubled in a new round of ratings.

CMS proposed payment schedule includes end-of-life planning

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.

CMS proposes to ease--but not abolish--two-midnight rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status.