In an article published November 9th on the Health Affairs Blog, Timothy Jost, Emeritus Professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and a member of the Institute of Medicine, cataloged the potential ramifications of what a Trump Presidency might mean for the Affordable Care Act. A summary of Jost's arguments are included below:Read More
The US Government Accounting Office said in a report that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should comprehensively plan and set timelines in developing more meaningful quality measures, and prioritize development of electronic quality measures. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 called for GAO to examine the use of quality measures across HHS programs and private payers, with a focus on reducing burden. In the report, HHS concurs with the GAO recommendations.Read More
Maryland officials have announced plans to launch a first-of-its-kind physician hand-washing surveillance program, the Associated Press reports.
CMS on Friday released its final outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule for calendar year (CY) 2010, under which the agency will give providers a 2.1% annual inflation update and pay approximately $32.2 billion in 2010 for outpatient services—a $1.9 billion increase from projected payments in CY 2009. Hospitals that do not meet quality reporting requirements, however, will receive a 0.1% inflation update.
New York City hospitals will now be required to disclose their nurse staffing ratios, after Gov. David Paterson (D) signed a bill into law last week, according to Crain’s New York Business.
The White House yesterday announced a $25-million demonstration program to help states and health systems test new models for patient safety and medical liability.
Gov. Jon Corzine (D) yesterday signed legislation that will require the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to publish hospital-specific data on 14 preventable errors, such as wrong-site and wrong-patient surgery.
This fall Illinois will start publishing data about hospitals' performance on a public Web site, according to officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Noting that more than 65% of surgeries are now performed in the outpatient setting, the Wall Street Journal today examines the risks associated with procedures offered in physician offices and states’ mounting push to regulate those procedures.
The New York State Department of Health released a report last week outlining hospital-acquired infection rates by hospital and by specific region. The report pulls together data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network submitted by the 186 hospitals in the state during 2008.
Today the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) releases its June 2009 Report to the Congress: Improving Incentives in the Medicare Program. MedPAC’s report focuses on how incentives in the Medicare payment systems could be changed to strengthen the Medicare program and promote quality care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Gov. John Baldacci (D) has signed into law two bills that will require hospitals to report to the state protocols to prevent infections and monitor methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, beginning in January 2010.