University of Michigan Study Links Value-Based Care Programs to Lower Readmission Rates and $32 Million in Medicare Savings in 2015; Clinical Laboratories Play Critical Role

Meaningful use, accountable care organizations, and bundled payment initiatives work best together to reduce readmissions, UM research suggests Ever since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) in 2012, healthcare organizations all over America have sought to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. For some clinical laboratories, this meant performing precise microbiology testing to...

Hospitals Object to CMS’s Web Posting of Raw Data on Hospital-Acquired Infections

American Hospital Association claims accuracy of posted HAC data not established In further step to create transparency in patient outcomes delivered by individual hospitals, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has posted on its website information on eight hospital-acquired conditions (HAC). However, many hospital industry leaders were not happy with this action. The CMS data is specific to individual healthcare facilities that treat Medicare patients. It includes info on two...

Veterans Administration’s Website with Hospital Compare Website Delivers Improved Transparency to Patients

Efforts to improve transparency still don’t include clinical pathology lab data Veterans, their family members and their healthcare providers can now go online to compare the performance of their local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital against other VA hospitals. This new service launched just last year. That is when the VA opened its Hospital Compare website to the public. This important step is consistent with the VA’s declared intent to achieve total transparency in veteran’s...

Public Access to Provider Outcomes Data Improves Healthcare

Evidence is now in on the benefits of public access to data on provider outcomes. The Joint Commission released a report on hospital quality and safety in March entitled Improving America’s Hospitals: A Report on Quality and Safety. The report indicated that the Joint Commission’s Quality Check web site and Hospital Compare (operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) [CMS]) have improved transparency and quality in hospitals. Both two sites have led to an...
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