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Executive Health Management

Well-known Hospitals Fail in New Medicare Ratings

2016 02 Aug

The U.S. government released much-anticipated first overall hospital quality ratings last week with many of the country’s best-known facilities receiving below average scores while obscure hospitals were awarded top scores. The Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rated 3,617 hospitals on a one- to five-star scale.The hospital industry has... Read more

Executive Health Management

Lowest Hospital Spending: Not Where You Think

2015 21 Dec

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics analysed the real prices that hospitals negotiate with private insurers. They found that hospitals that spend less on Medicare do not necessarily spend less on healthcare overall. The researchers analysed 92 billion health insurance... Read more

Executive Health Management

Accountable Care Organization Model Reduces Medicare Spending

2015 26 Sep

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that a new Medicare payment model reduced the number of times patients received services providing little or no health benefit. The researchers analysed Medicare claims data before and after the initiation of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program, an Affordable Care Act initiative... Read more

IT Management

EHR Clinic Notes Need Redesign

2015 07 Sep

Electronic health record documentation tools, including the clinic note that recaps a patient's medical history, should be redesigned to better meet the needs of physicians, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.Researchers from the University of Missouri noted that EHR documentation "mimicked" the... Read more

Executive Health Management

Medicare: Drop in Mortality, Hospitalisation and Costs

2015 28 Jul

During 1999-2013, all-cause mortality and hospitalisation rates, along with inpatient expenditure per death, decreased for U.S. Medicare beneficiaries age 65 years or older, according to a new study published in JAMA. “Even though it is difficult to disentangle the specific reasons for improvement, it is clear that over the past 15 years there have... Read more

Executive Health Management

Ratings Sites Enable Online Surgeon Comparison

2015 18 Jul

Two new web sites provide "ratings" of surgeons based on analysis of data on surgical complications rates and patient outcomes. These ratings are intended to help patients and their families in finding the right surgeon for an, run by the nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services, only lists surgeons... Read more

ICU Management

Better, Cheaper Care at Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals

2015 16 Jul

Critically ill patients with complex diagnoses generally receive better and less expensive care at long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs), according to a new study reported in the journal Medical Care. Results showed lower death rates and similar or lower Medicare costs at LTCHs, compared with other care settings, for patients with multiple organ failure... Read more

Executive Health Management

Some Hospitals Marking Up Prices More Than 1,000%

2015 12 Jun

A study published in Health Affairs lists the 50 hospitals in the United States that mark up treatments by more than 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare — a markup of more than 1,000 percent for the same medical services. The findings show that the combination of a lack of regulation of hospital charges in the U.S. and no market competition is leading... Read more

Executive Health Management

Hospital Productivity Improving

2015 31 May

A new study by University of Southern California economists shows that hospital productivity growth — the increase in output produced from inputs such as labour and capital — has actually improved in recent years. The finding suggests that U.S. hospitals may actually be able to deliver on the assumption in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care... Read more

Executive Health Management

ACO Model Shows Smaller Medicare Spending Growth

2015 04 May

The Pioneer Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) Model has helped curb increases in total Medicare expenditures of ACO-aligned beneficiaries, resulting in savings of about $385 million in its first two years of implementation, according to a study published online in JAMA. The Pioneer ACO Model was launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read more

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