Patient Care & Outcomes

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Two-midnight rule delayed again

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services once again delayed implementation of the two-midnight rule.

3 ways to improve hospital performance management

Hospitals and health systems must improve their performance management strategies in order to be successful in a value-based world, according to a new analysis from Gallup.

Did the ACA really result in 50,000 fewer patient deaths?

President Barack Obama's recent claim that the Affordable Care Act has led to 50,000 fewer preventable patient deaths may be based on "an estimate of an estimate," but it is likely that Obama is correct about the healthcare reform law's ability to reduce patient harms, according to the  Washington Post's  Fact Checker blog.

Socioeconomic hardships hurt dual eligibles' health outcomes

Sociodemographic factors are a major driver of adverse health outcomes for patients who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, or "dual eligibles," according to a new study from healthcare analytics firm Inovalon.

5 lessons for primary care docs using health IT to improve quality

Primary care practices, even small ones, can use health IT to support quality improvement, according to a new paper from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which offers guidance for doing so.

Report: Insurers fall short of behavioral health coverage

Insurance companies fall well short of providing mental health and substance abuse coverage, says a new report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Should physicians measure loneliness as a vital sign?

Elderly patients who suffer from chronic loneliness attend significantly more medical appointments than those who report a more secure sense of companionship, according to research published in the  American Journal of Public Health.  These findings suggest that chronic loneliness is a significant public health concern among elders.

Joseph Kvedar: Why federal efforts to spur patient engagement miss the mark

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' attempt to spur patient engagement by provider organizations via the proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use is "admirable" but "misguided," according to Joseph Kvedar, vice president for connected health at Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

3 ways providers can mitigate health IT harm

Electronic health records introduce new kinds of risks into an already complex healthcare environment, according to a new Sentinel Event Alert published this week by the Joint Commission.

Will Medicaid expansion create a care shortage for addicts?

A drastic expansion of insurance coverage among people with drug and alcohol abuse disorders will exacerbate several states' already-severe shortage of behavioral health professionals, according to Pew Charitable Trusts.