Patient Care & Outcomes

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Response to latest Sunshine Act data a rainy mix

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a new update on industry payments to doctors, as required by the "Sunshine" provision of the Affordable care Act, but the significance of the reported information varies depending upon whom you ask.

Hospitals shift from episodic care to population health initiatives

New payment structures conceived as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are prompting hospitals to shift away from treating patients on a case-by-case basis to instead adopt a population health model focusing on chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported.

States set cost limits for pricey prescription drugs

In an effort to limit consumer spending on specialty drugs, several states have capped the out-of-pocket payments of patients in private health plans. 

Hand-hygiene compliance booster: On-the-spot intervention

Organizations can dramatically improve hand-hygiene compliance when infection control personnel provide on-the-spot intervention, according to a study presented at last week's Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 2015 annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

CMS to update Hospital Compare rankings with critical access data

After introducing a five-star scale ranking hospitals on patient experience earlier this year, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare site will release a second round of rankings including data for critical access hospitals, according to AHA News Now.

Transgender patients form their own health referral networks

A transgender advocacy group has created a directory of physicians and other caregivers that rates the providers on how knowledgeable and non-discriminatory they are regarding trans and genderfluid patients, according to Boston Public Radio's  Common Health  blog.

Providers add population health management to chronic care equation

The Affordable Care Act continues to drive changes in healthcare providers' strategies for treating and managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart failure, according to the  Philadelphia Inquirer.

ACP: All stakeholders needed to drive behavioral health-primary care integration

As the healthcare industry begins to recognize the benefits of integrating behavioral health into primary care, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling on stakeholders to take action in eliminating barriers to these partnerships.

Groups ask IRS to reconsider community benefits guidelines on housing

Advocacy groups want the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to consider housing offered by not-for-profit hospitals as a legitimate community benefit without the current restrictions, AHA News Now has reported.

How physicians can get patients involved with mHealth

Patient engagement doesn't have to be an expensive or a cumbersome proposition, and there are many approaches providers can take to get patients onboard with the tools, says Mark Burrell, vice president of global user experience practice at Medullan.