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1. AHA calls for changes in readmission penalty policy

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

An American Hospital Association report calls for the government to change the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, stating "not all readmissions can or should be prevented." The AHA said the program creates frustration and confusion and its penalty formula for high readmissions fails to consider socioeconomic factors that affect rates. Healthcare Finance News (03/25)


2. Shorter STEMI hospital stays do not affect outcomes

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

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3. Health systems go beyond medical care to help patients, reduce costs

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The Center for Health Care Strategies said programs in 26 states are trying to reduce medical costs by helping hospital emergency department super-users who are poor or uninsured access social services and less expensive routine medical care. Health care systems across the country help people get driver's licenses, bus tickets, blankets and medical supplies, while teams in New York are getting training to help people handle housing eviction notices. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/22)


4. Implementing OIG recommendations could save billions, report says

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

An HHS Office of Inspector General's report found taxpayers could have saved $24 billion if federal agencies had implemented 25 of its recommendations for improving care, patient safety and financial management. One recommendation to the CMS that could save $15 billion over five years is reducing payments to hospital outpatient departments for surgeries that could have been done less expensively at ambulatory surgical centers. HealthLeaders Media (03/23)


5. Survey: 97% of ED doctors order imaging to avoid lawsuits

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

A survey of 435 emergency department doctors found that 97% said they order medically unnecessary imaging scans to mitigate risk of malpractice lawsuits. The survey, which appeared in Academic Emergency Medicine, argues that fear of lawsuits fuels almost $210 billion worth of unnecessary procedures each year and potential medical harms, such as false positive test results. Dr. Hemal Kanzaria, lead author of the study and an ED physician, encourages doctors to educate and involve patients in decision-making. HealthDay News (03/24)


6. CMS outlines how physicians can report on quality measures just once

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The CMS has outlined how physicians can report quality measures to meet requirements for the physician quality reporting system, the EHR meaningful use program and the value-based modifier program. To do so, however, physicians or practices will have to use a qualified registry, a certified EHR or a special online interface. Medscape (free registration) (03/19)


7. CMS official links lower hospital, ED use to support for primary care

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

A 2% decrease in hospital admissions and emergency department visits can be linked to increased CMS support for primary care, the agency's chief medical officer, Patrick Conway, told the National Quality Forum's annual conference. He highlighted several population health and coordinated care projects, initiated by hospitals and physician practices, that have reduced costs and improved quality of care. HealthLeaders Media (03/25)


8. HHS releases draft rule for MU stage 3

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

HHS issued its proposed rule for stage 3 of meaningful use on Friday. The draft lays out the standards that providers will have to meet to receive Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentives and to avoid penalties. Stage 3 requirements include the use of five clinical decision support interventions. Feedback on the proposal will be accepted through May 29. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (03/20) Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (03/20) HealthLeaders Media (03/23)


9. Obama outlines new health care cost containment initiative

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

President Barack Obama marked the Affordable Care Act's five-year anniversary by announcing a new initiative to control health care spending. The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network will bring together public and private groups to identify ways to eliminate unnecessary treatments, tests and hospital care. USA Today (03/25) U.S. News & World Report (03/25)


10. Expert: Better HIT design can improve patient engagement

ACC CV Quality SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Human-centered design of health IT tools such as patient portals and mobile health technology could encourage patients to become more involved in their health, said Shaun Gummere, chief design officer at Story+Structure. Gummere suggests that deep research and observation of how people use technology are essential to creating health tools that boost patient engagement. "EHRs to date have been a technology-first initiative. The goal was get an EHR and we'll find out later where the cost savings arise. ... Today I think it needs a complete rethink," Gummere said. EHR Intelligence (03/24)




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