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. 

Why EHRs have trouble reporting quality measures

If you’ve had issues with reporting quality measures using your hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) system, you aren’t alone. According to the results from a pilot project conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), not all EHRs are effective at accurately reporting quality measures – and the reasons why are common across multiple systems […] [MORE]

Value-based care: One health system’s success story

Making care more value-focused is a significant challenge for many hospitals. When budgets are strained and resources are limited, improving quality while cutting costs can seem daunting. But some hospitals have managed to achieve positive outcomes while saving millions of dollars – so it can be done. 

Hospital quality measures: What’s CMS planning now?

How are hospitals doing when it comes to meeting certain federal quality measures? Pretty well, according to a new analysis released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). But there’s still work to be done.

Patient care: Nationwide initiative helps hospitals in 3 key areas

In a climate where hospitals are facing financial penalties for failing to meet quality measures, one nationwide initiative has managed to yield gains in three key aspects of patient care.

See how your state’s hospitals measure up with AHRQ healthcare snapshots

Want to find out how hospitals in your state compare to others nationwide? Check out the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s recently released annual state snapshots report for 2011.

Value-based purchasing: How your hospital can prepare now

A new survey of hospital execs conducted by Forbes Insights indicates that, while a vast majority believe value-based purchasing (VBP) is the wave of the future for the healthcare industry, changes are needed to implement this system.