The New York Times reports that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase just announced they would form an independent health care company to serve their employees.
The three companies noted the new entity would initially focus on technology to provide simplified, high-quality health care for their employees and their families, and at a reasonable cost.
The partnership brings together three of the country’s most influential companies to try to improve a system that other companies have tried and failed to change: Amazon, the largest online retailer in the world; Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company led by the billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett; and JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States by assets. Read More
According to David Blumenthal of the Commonwealth Fund, Americans are dying younger which is a reflection of the failure of the American health system.
Blumenthal notes that while it is easy to blame the nation’s opioid epidemic, the abysmal new life expectancy data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the data for what they are — an indictment of the American health care system.
According to the CDC, the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. fell by 0.1 years, to 78.6, in 2016, following a similar drop in 2015. This is the first time in 50 years that life expectancy has fallen for two years running. In 25 other developed countries, life expectancy in 2015 averaged 81.8 years. Read More
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $685 million to 29 “practice transformation networks,” including some hospitals and health systems, and 10 supporting organizations to help clinicians improve patient outcomes and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees through its Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Read More
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare websites have been enhanced to make navigation easier by users, and have added new comparison tools such as findings from nursing home inspections, according to a press release. Read More
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 14 patient safety measures with a focus on complications, according to a press release. Read More
Top hospitals achieve better outcomes not by preventing complications, but by preventing complications from becoming failures, according to an article in the New Yorker. Read More
For men undergoing a radical prostatectomy (RP), hospital volume matters more than surgeon volume for 30-day complication rates, especially for older, sicker patients, according to a press release by Henry Ford Medical Center. Read More
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed an additional nine quality measures on surgical care performed in hospitals and in outpatient facilities, and 19 quality measures related to preventive care, according to two NQF press releases. Read More
July 2012 Hospital Compare preview reports are now available on My QualityNet for participating hospitals, according to QualityNet.org. Read More
A study by the British National Health Service (NHS) has found a correlation between positive patient ratings of their healthcare experience and higher quality care, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Read More
As part of the healthcare reform law, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a panel of experts working to compares medical procedures to see which are more effective, is seeking public input on a draft research agenda, according to TheHill.com. Read More
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has 368 measures to consider adopting in 2012, according to Kaiser Health News. Read More
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Measure Applications Partnership has released the list of quality and efficiency measures the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering adopting in 2012, according to AHA News Now. Read More
Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter says that hospitals and doctors must structure their processes around patients’ conditions, not around medical specialties in order to address cost issues, according to Boston.com. Read More
National Quality Forum has endorsed outcome measures for children’s health, mental health, and high impact areas, according to PR Newswire. Read More
Many hospital quality-of-care rankings so not account for “statistical noise” when it comes to measuring mortality for vascular surgery, according to a study in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Read More