Nursing homes with lower-than-average weekend staffing will face more frequent weekend inspections by state survey agencies checking up on quality of care and resident safety, the CMS said.
NQF's Measure Applications Partnership has 39 measures to consider. The CMS said it chose the measures based on its Meaningful Measures framework.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center would be terminated from the Medicare program next month if it doesn't explain how it has corrected problems related to an incident where a patient died after receiving a large dose of the wrong medication.
Of the 14,959 skilled-nursing facilities subject to the CMS' Skilled Nursing Facility Value-based Purchasing Program, 73% received a penalty while 27% got a bonus for fiscal 2019.
Providers and policy analysts welcomed the CMS' news it may offer a payment model for hospitals to provide housing and other social services, but they argue that success depends on collaborating with other agencies and organizations.
State officials say an overhaul is needed to improve mobile crisis response, incorporate local mental health services that already exist and, more broadly, put separate people in charge of financial and clinical decisions.
The study assigned 47 patients who were diagnosed with a chronic disease to visit with a second-year medical student for 45 minutes after seeing their physician. That one-on-one session measurably improved patients' attitudes and abilities in self-managing their care.
The chemical process used to sterilize most medical products was evaluated during committee hearings in Springfield, Ill., this week, due to cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions.
The hospital is concentrated on hardwiring clinical processes to achieve better outcomes for patients with some measures showing significant improvement while others still remain below average.
America's low health literacy rate has raised concerns about whether hospitals are taking the wrong approaches to educate patients, or if financial incentives for providers are too small.
Even though Sentara Healthcare is nationally known for its gains in patient care, Joanne Inman isn't satisfied with the status quo. Appointed president of Sentara Leigh Hospital in 2016, Inman is constantly looking for ways to push the organization to the next level.
With cardiovascular care overall in the U.S. improving, it's more challenging than ever for a hospital to be recognized as a top heart facility, especially for many years in a row.