The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services once again delayed implementation of the two-midnight rule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insurance companies fall well short of providing mental health and substance abuse coverage, says a new report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
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.
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.
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.
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.