Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals
In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals: ...Read More
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|97% of ED Physicians Order Unnecessary Imaging Tests|
The fact that nine out of 10 emergency physicians admit to ordering medically unnecessary tests indicates that existing protocols and safeguards to prevent overuse clearly aren't working, survey results suggests. Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 7:08 am CDT
|Healthcare Providers Feel Pressure to Launch Payer Initiatives|
Widespread provider-payer integration appears inevitable, but health systems, hospitals, and physician groups face a years-long learning curve. Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 7:01 am CDT
|Group of Chicago hospitals reports new way to battle a deadly 'superbug'|
With painstaking effort, a group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of superbug. Now U.S. health officials want that kind of campaign to go national. The White House on Friday told the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slash rates of infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 2020 as part of a plan to prevent patient deaths and curb overuse of antibiotics administered to humans and animals. The CDC is pointing to the success of the Chicago Prevention Epicenter, one of five such CDC-funded programs nationally that coordinate research between local scientists and public health officials. Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 6:49 am CDT
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|How Boehner, Pelosi surprised everyone with a $200 billion deal|
A few days after the chaos of a failed vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security, Speaker John Boehner asked for a meeting, alone, with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.Compromise was on his mind.With automatic cuts to doctors under... Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:07 am CDT
|Ryan: GOP will have 'immediate response' for ObamaCare court ruling|
When the Supreme Court drops its big ObamaCare ruling this summer, Republican leaders say they will be fully ready to step in — even if it won’t be the party’s official replacement plan.“We have to be prepared, by the time the ruling comes, to have... Posted Friday, March 27, 2015 4:17 pm CDT
|Tobacco farms facing new guidelines to protect workers|
Tobacco farmers would be better protected from nicotine poisoning under new guidelines from the Obama administration.The Department of Labor is looking to prevent tobacco workers from contracting what's known as "green tobacco sickness."... Posted Friday, March 27, 2015 12:56 pm CDT