Quality & Outcomes

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Mortality rates rise at critical access hospitals

Mortality rates at critical access hospitals have been increasing 0.1 percent annually in recent years.

Access to EHR data 'overwhelmingly' positive for patients

Providing patients with access to the information in their electronic health records "overwhelmingly" yielded positive benefits, according to a new study in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

CMS dashboard aims to boost care for chronic condition sufferers

Looking to improve care for patients suffering from multiple chronic diseases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week launched an online dashboard that gives researchers easy access to data on Medicare patients with more than one chronic condition. More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries fall into that category, according to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner

Cancer group plans massive database for real-time feedback

A massive database that will provide "second opinions times multiples" is in the works from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

EHRs can ID phenotypes for genetic research

Electronic health records can be helpful tools for identifying phenotypes for genetic and other research, according to a new study published in the  Journal of the American Informatics Association.

IOM: Integrated records, evidence-based treatment vital to veteran care

The U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have done too little to smooth the way for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom have returned with multiple health conditions, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report stresses the need to integrate the two agencies' electronic health record systems, and calls each agency out for using unproven diagnostic and therapy tools.

ONC: Post-acute providers should embrace EHRs, HIEs

Long term and post acute care providers have "numerous" opportunities to engage in health information exchange, and need to adopt interoperable electronic health record systems, according to a new issue brief published by ONC.

New EHR software helps manage patients with aging brain disorders

Researchers at Indiana University's Regenstrief Institute have developed new electronic health record software that provides more personalized healthcare for older patients suffering from aging brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and depression.

Docs cling to paper, EHR workarounds

Providers continue to use "workarounds" to deal with perceived inadequacies of their electronic health records, according to a new study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

RAC denials a threat to hospitals and patients

Guest post by Kerry Gillespie From the football coach facing the media after a big game to a mom or dad reviewing with their spouse a parenting decision made in the heat of the moment, no one enjoys...