Most top physicians believe doctors should be held accountable for costs and quality of care, according to a recent survey of chief medical officers and senior-level medical executives from a range of organizations and practice settings.
Most hospitals will face some sort of Medicare penalty for excessive 30-day readmissions, losing a combined $420 million in the fourth year of the federal readmission reduction program, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.
Hospital boards of directors that pay close attention to clinical quality have a positive effect on overall management scores and clinical quality metrics.
As many employers offer some form of workplace wellness program, employees worry their personal information will trickle back to their employer and be used against them, Kaiser Health News reports.
Too many hospital and healthcare system leaders overlook management duplication, says Navigant Healthcare Managing Director Bruce Hallowell.
The nation's skilled nursing facilities will receive a windfall as a result of Medicare's final 2016 payment rule: A $430 million increase in payments next year, which represents a 1.2 percent overall increase.
As an early adopter of electronic medical records, Geisinger Health System is well-equipped to use health data in new and innovative ways. Because the Danville, Pa.-based provider has had a system-wide EMR since the mid-1990s, both clinicians and researchers are very confident navigating mounds of patient information and using it to improve patient care processes, Chief Data Officer Nicholas Marko says.
Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions.
The first Medicare-approved, third party transitional care provider began taking patients this month. But experts say it won't be long before other healthcare providers focus exclusively on this type of service.
The risk of a serious infection from contaminated medical scopes is much broader than previously thought, as cases of drug-resistant superbugs are now linked to procedures involving the lungs, the bladder and the stomach.