Monthly Archives: April 2015

Evidence-Based Care, Obesity Among 15 ‘Vital Signs’ for Monitoring Nation’s Health: IOM Report

Tracking 15 core measures, including evidence-based care and obesity, are crucial for assessing and monitoring the nation’s health, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Progress in these vital signs—or core measures— should reduce the burden … finish reading Evidence-Based Care, Obesity Among 15 ‘Vital Signs’ for Monitoring Nation’s Health: IOM Report

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Better Communication Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Patient Experience: Survey

Strengthening communication between caregivers and patients should be a top priority for reducing healthcare costs and improving patient experience, according to a new poll of U.S. healthcare quality improvement professionals conducted by ASQ, a global network of resources and experts. … finish reading Better Communication Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Patient Experience: Survey

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Senate’s Repeal of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Strengthens Move Toward Value-Based Physician Reimbursement

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday, April 14th, to approve a bill that repeals the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Bill, otherwise known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), a mechanism used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians. The legislation also created … finish reading Senate’s Repeal of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Strengthens Move Toward Value-Based Physician Reimbursement

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EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

The rate of emergency department (ED) visits in California for non-injuries has risen while the rate of visits for injuries has dropped, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco that documents the increasing amount of care provided … finish reading EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

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Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

Co-existing psychiatric illness should be considered in assessing hospital readmissions for three common medical conditions used by Medicare and Medicaid to penalize hospitals with “excessive” readmission rates: heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and pneumonia, according to a new collaborative … finish reading Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards for Readmissions

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