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Operating revenue fell faster than operating expenses for two years at hospitals which had been merged into or acquired by a new system, with no evidence of improvement on quality measures, according to a report released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Communication-and-resolution programs (CRP) at four Massachusetts hospitals led to lower medical liability costs and improvements in patient safety after adverse events, countering concerns that telling patients about errors would motivate more to file lawsuits.

Sacramento, California-based Sutter Physician Services found success in helping to reduce readmissions at its affiliated Sutter Health hospitals by coordinating follow-up appointments and check-in calls with recently discharged patients, but communication and C-suite engagement have been critical to making the effort work.

Oct. 2 is the deadline for clinicians to start collecting performance data for the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and still be eligible for a positive payment adjustment in 2019. With multiple sources showing clinicians and healthcare finance professionals feel unprepared for the first year of the new payment track, some eligible providers may settle for simply avoiding a negative adjustment.

Overall star ratings on the CMS Hospital Compare website will not be updated in October as previously scheduled, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).

 

Recent Headlines

Joint Commission explains safety goals on UTIs caused by catheters

The Joint Commission has released a report offering the rationale behind its updated safety goals on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) for hospitals.

$28 billion saved by patient safety efforts

Hospital-acquired infections and the deaths caused by them plunged between 2010 and 2015, according to a new report released by HHS.

CMS announces two new models for testing shared decision-making

CMS is asking for applications to test two different approaches to shared decision-making: one for accountable care organizations (ACOs) and another for care outside of office visits.  

21 states have no hospitals on Leapfrog Group’s 2016 award lists

The Leapfrog Group has named the recipients of its 2016 Top Hospital awards for children’s, rural, teaching and general hospitals.  

The best, worst teaching hospitals on central line infections

Consumer Reports’ analysis on hospital-acquired infections found some “sobering" results when it came to teaching hospitals, with 31 making its list of low-performing facilities.

Doctor interaction plays role in heart patient outcomes, study finds

Increased collaboration among doctors could result in better patient outcomes, particularly when treating heart surgery patients, new research finds.

Joint Commission reports improvements in hospital safety, quality

Patient care at Joint Commission-accredited hospitals improved in 2015, according to the group’s annual hospital safety and quality report.

20 hospitals get failing safety grade from Leapfrog

New measures did little to change the grade distribution in the Leapfrog Group’s fall 2016 Hospital Safety Scores report.

ACC, AHA combining hospital accreditation services

Hospitals seeking cardiovascular accreditation services will no longer have to go to the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) separately beginning in 2017.

Aging gracefully? Older blood just as effective in transfusions

How long a hospital has been storing blood doesn’t appear to have an effect on mortality, alleviating concerns about whether fresh blood was better for patients who need a transfusion.

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