According to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund, health care spending in the U.S. far exceed that of other high-income countries, although spending growth has slowed in the U.S. and in most other countries in recent years.
The U.S. spends more public dollars on health care than all but two of the other countries. Americans have relatively few hospital admissions and physician visits, but are greater users of expensive technologies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Despite its heavy investment in health care, the U.S. sees poorer results on several key health outcome measures such as life expectancy and the prevalence of chronic conditions. Mortality rates from cancer are low and have fallen more quickly in the U.S. than in other countries, but the reverse is true for mortality from ischemic heart disease. Read More
NQF has developed a tool to help states and communities align measurement and public reporting, according to a press release. Read More
The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), an initiative of the National Quality Forum, has released two reports outlining ways to improve patient safety and quality, according to Healthcare IT News. Read More
Nurses hear hundreds of alarms during their shift, some critical, some less important, and many are false alarms, causing ‘alarm fatigue’, which can lead to patient safety issues, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Read More
The Department of Health and Human Services has released its roadmap for National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care as part of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 24, 2010. Read More
The American Hospital Association (AHA) suggested to the Department of Health and Human Services that the national health care quality strategy should focus on reducing obesity and diabetes, enhancing patient safety, and giving patients and families a greater voice in decisions about end-of-life care. Read More
The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments and suggestions on the proposed structure, principles, conceptualization, and specific details of the National Quality Strategy and Plan, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read More