Hospitals may have avoided financial penalties by billing hospital-associated conditions (HAC) as present at the time of the patient’s admission, supporting prior work that showed that a Medicare policy designed to monetarily penalize hos
Sepsis accounts for considerably more hospital readmissions and associated costs than any of the four medical conditions tracked by the federal government to measure quality of care and guide pay-for-performance reimbursements, according to an analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains systems of oversight as part of its general mission to strengthen and modernize healthcare in the United States. Monitoring systems are a crucial component in CMS’s mission, factoring into all four of its strategic goals of better care and lower costs, prevention and population health, expanded healthcare coverage, and enterprise excellence.
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that in order to improve the way healthcare providers are able to track the safety and performance of medical devices, the Office of the National Coordinat
A proposal announced today at the White House Conference on Aging would make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities or nursing homes that particip
Hip and knee replacements are some of the most common surgeries that Medicare beneficiaries receive. In 2013, there were more than 400,000 inpatient primary procedures, costing Medicare more than $7 billion for hospitalization alone.
With fewer than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Associat
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has told its state survey agency directors to abandon the term "flash sterilization" in favor o