Patient Care & Outcomes

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CMS was right to hold off on CJR health IT quality measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is very keen on moving away from a fee-for-service healthcare system to value based reimbursement in order to improve care coordination and reduce...

Spotlight On... EHRs not yet ready for outcome-based drug pricing

Electronic health records have the potential to support outcome-based drug pricing, but are not yet capable of accurately tracking a drug's role in improving patient outcomes, such as reducing readmissions.

HHS teams up with OptumLabs for healthcare research

Optum Labs, the healthcare innovation center that was created by UnitedHealth Group's Optum division and the Mayo Clinic, will now work with the federal government on healthcare research initiatives.

VA scandal: Department unveils plan to consolidate private doc networks

The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs is set to unveil the New Veterans Choice Program, its plan to combine its private physician networks to Congress, according to the Washington Post.

5 insights about direct primary care--and one big question

Although news stories appear almost daily about physicians making the switch to direct or concierge care practice, most of these nontraditional practices are young and small, without a lot of data to back up their anecdotal benefits. Recent research from the Robert Graham Center offers clearer insights into this emerging model. We look at highlights from the report, published in the  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Healthcare comes in third in executive pay growth

Compensation for healthcare executives increased 8 percent last year, according to a new study from accounting/consulting firm BDO.

Physicians key to bridging the trust gap

First the bad news: Public trust in U.S. medical leaders has declined sharply over the past half century, according to a recent study in the  New England Journal of Medicine. Now the good news: Physicians are uniquely positioned to regain public trust. While the United States ranks near the bottom of the list in terms of patient trust in the country's physicians, when patients are asked about their satisfaction relative to their own medical treatment, the results rank near the top, according to study data. This suggests that while patients in the United States generally distrust the overall medical establishment, they continue to trust their own physicians.

CMS unveils new bundled payment joint replacement initiative

A new federal government initiative will hold hospitals accountable for the quality of care they deliver to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries for joint replacements.

Physician communication can push the needle on HPV vaccinations

Fewer than 42 percent of children between the ages of 13 and 17 received even one dose of the HPV vaccine in 2014. Fewer still receive all three shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Changing these statistics is largely dependent on physicians, according to a recent article from The New York Times.

More than 1,000 hospitals named Joint Commission 'top performers'

More than 1,000 hospitals received special recognition for their scores on healthcare quality measures, according to The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report on quality and safety.