Healthcare News & Insights

CMS releases star ratings, announces big changes: What’s coming for hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated its overall hospital quality star ratings for the first time since 2017, but the ratings may not exist in their current form for much longer. Here’s why: The agency’s considering revamping the program – and some of the proposed changes are significant. 

Good news: Hospital-acquired conditions on the decline

A hospital’s main goal is to make patients better, but sometimes the opposite happens and patients acquire new conditions during their stays. When those adverse events occur, dealing with them adds a host of new challenges to patient care. 

Big changes to bundled payments: What to expect next

The feds have changed their strategy for the implementation of bundled payments, giving facilities much more leeway in participating. While some hospitals may be breathing a sigh of relief, rest assured – they aren’t going away entirely. Neither is the growing shift toward value-based care. 

Readmissions: New penalties & current status of CMS initiative

Despite all the recent unrest over healthcare reform, readmissions penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are proceeding, full steam ahead. Under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, thousands of hospitals are being penalized for their performance in keeping patients from returning to the hospital. 

CMS may make more hospital inspection data public

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its latest proposed rule for hospital inpatient payments. Many changes were tucked into the payment rule, including one that may affect how the public views your facility and its quality of care. 

CMS inpatient payment rule brings payment increase & more changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed rule for next year’s hospital inpatient payment schedule. Along with a pay increase, there are several other changes coming that facilities need to know about. 

CMS releases final rule for OPPS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), and there are quite a few changes your facility needs to know about. 

CMS releases final rule on quality payment program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has put out its final rule for its new quality payment program, and your hospital’s providers are going to have to change the way they report quality measures to Medicare. 

Latest on readmissions: How hospitals are doing now

The fight to reduce hospital readmissions for Medicare patients may seem like an uphill battle at times. But there’s some good news from the feds: All your efforts are starting to pay off, and readmissions rates are starting to decline. 

CMS’ new star ratings: How hospitals rank so far

If you thought the delay of the release for Medicare’s star ratings meant the program was being shelved permanently, think again: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just announced more information about its new star ratings – including a breakdown of where many hospitals fall. 

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