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MRSA resurgence reflects how COVID diminished quality of care, says study

Fierce Healthcare

MRSA resurgence reflects how COVID diminished quality of care, says study. fdiamond. Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:50

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Three Ways Patient Education Improves Safety and Quality of Care

Fierce Healthcare

Three Ways Patient Education Improves Safety and Quality of Care. ncavazza. Tue, 02/08/2022 - 11:58

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Under Two-Sided Risk Models, Quality Of Care Increases Compared To FFS Medicare

Home Health Care

Data examinations are beginning to shed greater insight on just how much better value-based payment models are for quality of care. Chan School of Public Health. It was based on a data set of 316, 312 individuals. Medicare Advantage Value-Based Care JAMA

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Quality of Care at Teaching Hospitals

Healthcare ECONOMIST

Medicare pays higher reimbursement to teaching hospitals through indirect medical education (IME) payments to hospitals that train a high share of residents. Medicare also pay hospitals directly for some cost of training residents through the graduate medical education (GME). A key question then is whether these teaching hospitals provide better quality of care to patients. Findings on other dimensions of relative quality are mixed.

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IECS Argentina Improve ICUs Quality of Care During Covid-19

Life Qi

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Readers Write: What The (Behavioral) Health? Let’s Shift the Focus from Access to Care to Quality of Care

HIStalk

What The (Behavioral) Health? Let’s Shift the Focus from Access. Readers Write

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How bad "cognitive ergonomics" can drain doctors' brainpower

Health Care Dive

Poor "cognitive ergonomics" adds to physician overload, affecting well-being and quality of care

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Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities by Improving Safety and Quality of Care in the Nation’s Nursing Homes

Briggs Healthcare

Mid-afternoon Monday, February 28, 2022, the White House issued this Fact Sheet with the same title as this blog (bolding added by me): All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and to have access to quality medical care. And in no case should a health care facility be causing a patient harm. The pandemic has highlighted the tragic impact of substandard conditions at nursing homes, which are home to many of our most at-risk community members.

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FTC tells states to avoid shielding hospital mergers from antitrust enforcement

Healthcare Dive

A report released Monday compiles research that shows arrangements, called Certificates of Public Advantage, result in higher prices, lower quality of care and lower wage growth for employees

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14 Ways to Reduce Long Patient Wait Times

Healthcare Success

The pandemic fast-tracked the growing notion of healthcare consumerism , spurring several changes in the healthcare industry. of physicians remain in private practice. Can you think of any other industry besides healthcare that does that?).

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5 easy ways to improve HCAHPS scores through patient satisfaction

Meditech

Hospital patient experience surveys, such as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), measure the quality of care given by a hospital, which influences patient satisfaction and retention.

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Potential Home Health Payment Cuts Threaten Fragile Patient-Clinician Ratio

Home Health Care

This article is a part of your HHCN+ Membership. If the home health payment rule for 2023 is finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as proposed, it will likely affect quality of care.

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Coaching Individuals for Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Life Qi

As the Point of Care Quality Improvement (POCQI) Coaching Guide neatly sums up: ‘Regular coaching is important for maintaining momentum in improving quality of care.’

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M&A: ReviveHealth Acquires Telehealth Company SwiftMD

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: ReviveHealth , a whole health and integrated care company, has acquired SwiftMD , a virtual care services company with a strong physician network. Eir Partners took a majority interest in ReviveHealth as a part of the transaction.

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MedPAC Releases 2022 Data Book on Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program 

Briggs Healthcare

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) announces the release of its 2022 data book (208 pages) on health care spending and the Medicare program. Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program.

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CMS Encourages States to Use Medicaid Payments to Nursing Homes to Drive Better Health Outcomes for Residents, Improve Staffing

Briggs Healthcare

The informational bulletin – issued by CMS’ Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) – also provides examples of current state Medicaid initiatives to support this work. As part of the implementation of these reforms, CMS is working to support state Medicaid agencies in ensuring the best care possible for beneficiaries living in nursing homes. We call on all states to work with us and ensure everyone has access to the high-quality care they deserve.”.

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User-centered system design can help save lives

Nordic

In my previous blog post , I wrote about the Nashville, TN nurse RaDonda Vaught who was convicted last month of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult after a medication error contributed to the death of a patient in 2017.

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Connecticut Children's Care Network adds telehealth breastfeeding support

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As part of a new collaboration with the Connecticut Children's Care Network, Nest Collaborative will provide unlimited same-day telehealth appointments with certified lactation consultants for parents in need of prenatal and perinatal breastfeeding support.

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GAO Health Care Capsule: Improving Nursing Home Quality and Information

Briggs Healthcare

The Government Accountability Office has posted this January 2022 Health Care Capsule to “summarize past GAO reports on concerns about nursing home quality of care, consumer information, and COVID-19. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term Care

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Impact of star ratings on provider demand

Healthcare ECONOMIST

For years, Medicare and other payers have used quality measures to evaluate the quality of care patients receive at various types of providers settings (e.g., For some payers, higher quality scores/higher star ratings lead to direct increases in reimbursement through a value-based purchasing arrangement. Typically, value-based payment systems include additional bonus payments for high quality providers.

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Statement from CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on President Biden’s State of the Union 

Briggs Healthcare

CMS issued this Press Release on Wednesday, March 2, 2022: During President Biden’s first year in office, CMS has worked to expand health care coverage to a record 14.5 People living in nursing homes deserve to be treated with dignity and to receive the care they need.

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Srisawan Hospital pursues further digitalisation through partnerships with GE Healthcare, InterSystems

Healthcare It News

Srisawan Hospital, a private tertiary healthcare provider in Thailand, is stepping up on its digitalisation efforts to further raise its quality of care provision and hospital experience.

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How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions with Telehealth & RPM

Health Recovery

Hospital readmissions are expensive and affect every part of the healthcare ecosystem, from providers to payers to patients. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), hospital readmission rates are as high as 14%, costing $15,200 on average per readmission.

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The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

Briggs Healthcare

Nursing homes play a unique dual role in the long-term care continuum, serving as a place where people receive needed health care and a place they call home. High-quality research is needed to advance the quality of care in nursing homes.

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CMS Enhances Nursing Home Rating System with Staffing and Turnover Data  

Briggs Healthcare

The updated Star Ratings increase transparency in support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to improving the quality of nursing homes so nursing home residents receive the reliable, quality care they deserve. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term Care

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Provider and Supplier Compliance Education Through Quality in Focus (QIF) Trainings

Briggs Healthcare

CMS performs over 100,000 compliance surveys of Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers, each year. Each interactive video focuses on a specific health or safety citation, with the goal of helping facilities to proactively identify and prevent these deficiencies in the future.

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CommonSpirit still working to restore EHR systems after ransomware attack confirmed

Healthcare It News

After several days of cancellations and outage reports at CommonSpirit hospitals and medical facilities across several states, the country's biggest Catholic health system and second-largest nonprofit hospital chain released a statement this week about the widespread cybersecurity incident.

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Majority of burned-out clinical support staff point to patient communications as the culprit

Healthcare It News

A study published this week from the patient experience vendor WELL Health found that the vast majority of frontline clinical support staff are reporting moderate to extreme burnout. Troublingly, 58% believe their burnout has negatively impacted patient care.

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PBJ Submission Deadline Fast Approaching!

Briggs Healthcare

CMS has long identified staffing as one of the vital components of a nursing home’s ability to provide quality care. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term CareMary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare.

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PBJ Staffing Submission Deadline Approaching!

Briggs Healthcare

That’s the deadline for submission of 4 th quarter fiscal PBJ (Payroll Based Journal) data. Submissions must be received by the end of the 45th calendar day (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time) after the last day in each fiscal quarter to be considered timely. INDUSTRY NEWS Long-Term Care

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Serenity Engage Integrates with Amazon Alexa Senior Living

HIT Consultant

Bringing Simplicity to the Complex Senior Care Ecosystem. Senior care providers and assisted living communities have been scrambling to improve efficiencies in the current global caregiver shortage. “Senior care is undergoing a massive generational and digital transformation.

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5 Proven Strategies to Increase Employee Retention And Reduce Operational Costs In Senior Living

HIT Consultant

Yamin Durrani, CEO of Kami Vision. Staffing turnover in senior care has reached an all-time high at an annual rate of 48.5% among resident assistants and personal care aides. Health IT Opinion AI Artificial Intelligence assistants HIM Senior Care workplace

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Study Shows High-Cost MA Plans Don’t Always Result In Better Care

Home Health Care

Seniors on Medicare Advantage health plans may not always be receiving high quality care, a new study shows. The study’s authors concluded that paying higher premiums is not always necessary when seniors are trying to receive high quality care from an MA plan.

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Persistent Partners with Amazon HealthLake to Transform Population Health

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Persistent Systems , a global Digital Engineering provider, expands its relationship with AWS by partnering with Amazon HealthLake to help its Healthcare and Life Sciences clients accelerate their care transformation journeys.

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Revisions to Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program

Briggs Healthcare

Background: Sections 1819(f)(8) and 1919(f)(10) of the Social Security Act require CMS to conduct a Special Focus Facility (SFF) program which focuses on nursing homes that have a persistent record of noncompliance leading to poor quality of care. of three years.

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Updated Data: Antipsychotic Medication Use 

Briggs Healthcare

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. CMS is tracking the progress of the National Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures.

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Study: Caseload, Telehealth Focus Drives Quality for Home Health Agencies

Home Health Care

With over 400,000 data points, a new study from LeadingAge could give home-based care providers a new roadmap on how to optimize performance. It also focused on technology, palliative care, staffing and future care delivery models. The remaining rest had caseloads of 19 or less.

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TimeDoc Health Secures $48.5M to Scale Virtual Care Management Platform

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – TimeDoc Health , a Chicago-based provider of virtual care management activation, today announced it has closed a $48.5M Part of our founding thesis is the belief that providers have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

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MedPAC Unanimously Recommends Home Health Payment Rate Cuts

Home Health Care

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended that the Medicare base payment rate for home health care be reduced by 7% for CY 2024. Agencies had a positive Medicare marginal profit of 25.9% in 2021, with a median margin of about 28%.

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The Paradoxical Legal Treatment of Preventive Medicine

Bill Of Health

Preventive medicine is a tool used by individual patients, primary care physicians, and governmental agencies to preempt illnesses rather than to treat them after they have arisen. Despite this salubrious aim, stigma, shame, and fear often are attached to the use of preventative care.

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Staffing Data Updates to Care Compare

Briggs Healthcare

Have you checked your facility’s Care Compare today? You’ll see today’s first staffing updates to Care Compare! I’m providing a snapshot of what Care Compare staffing information looks like today for 3 randomly selected Iowa facilities: Staffing.

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MACRA MIPS – What it Means for Physicians?

p3care

MACRA MIPS (The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – Merit-based Incentive Payment System) is a program that caters to physician finances under Medicare. Key Elements of QPP MIPS. Quality. Physicians get to improve care quality.

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Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures

Briggs Healthcare

QM Reports now include two measures based on Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Medicare claims data: the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL). Hospices can use the QM Report to learn about HCI and HVLDL and begin efforts to improve quality of care. Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare.