Tag: Data

CMS expands quality data on Physician and Hospital Compare websites

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 10 updated its Physician and Hospital Compare websites to include new data and quality measures. Among the additions: performance scores on preventive care, diabetes, cardiovascular care, and patient safety for approximately 275 group practices and 40,000 individual healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 15, 2015
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EHR adoption up, but challenges continue

Editor's Note Electronic health record (EHR) adoption has increased since 2010, but small and rural hospitals need strategies to address financial challenges now that penalties for lack of adoption have begun, this study finds. Using 2008-2014 national data, researchers found that 75% of hospitals have adopted at least a basic…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 19, 2015
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NIS database used for hospital reimbursement contains major flaws

Editor's Note The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database underreports data on patients’ weight, body mass, alcohol use, and tobacco use, finds a study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. Medicare uses NIS data to set reimbursement rates based on a hospital’s risk for readmissions and surgical complications. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 11, 2015
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Medical societies plead with Congress to fix ‘meaningful use’

Editor's Note A coalition of 111 medical societies on November 4 sent letters asking Senate and House leaders to take legislative action to pause Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program and revise Stage 2 so that it enables provider success, HealthData Management reports. Stage 3 requirements…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2015
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Front-line staff input helps build a better EHR system

Electronic health records (EHRs) are here to stay, but implementation and optimal use are still lacking. Respondents to the 25th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey identified many issues, including the amount of time it takes to document in an EHR, lack of integration with other systems, physicians not fully using…

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By: OR Manager
October 28, 2015
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OIG warns against using EHRs to block information

Editor's Note An Office of Inspector General (OIG) alert reminds healthcare professionals and hospitals that information blocking in health information technology (IT) is a problem, and steps to prevent interoperability of an electronic health record (EHR) platform or services with other IT systems is not subject to safe harbor protections…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2015
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Achieving quality improvement depends on the local culture

The key to sustaining quality outcomes is promoting confidence and engagement of surgical teams, says Clifford Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, director of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. Dr Ko gave the keynote…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2015
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CMS extends ASC quality measure deadline until September 30

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for submitting data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program until September 30, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reports.   This applies to the claims-based measures submitted via QualityNet and the Centers for Disease Control and…

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By: OR Manager
August 4, 2015
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US News ranks best hospitals

Editor's Note US News & World Report has posted its honor roll of the 15 best hospitals for 2015 to 2016. Honor roll hospitals scored near the top in at lease six specialties. Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital returned to the top spot this year after being second last year. The…

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By: OR Manager
July 21, 2015
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Study: Mammograms don’t reduce breast cancer mortality

Editor's Note Mammography for detection of breast cancer does not reduce the number of deaths from the disease and may lead to overdiagnosis, this study finds. Researchers analyzed data of more than 16 million women in 547 countries in 2000 and followed them for 10 years. The results showed a…

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By: OR Manager
July 9, 2015
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