Dive Brief: Hospital safety watchdog group Leapfrog awarded five hospitals their first A grades, all jumping from F, placing those facilities within the 30% of the group's graded hospitals to receive the top mark. Of the 2,500 hospitals Leapfrog evaluated, about a third received an A, 28% a B, 35% a C, 6% a D and 1% an F. Hawaii, Idaho, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia were ranked the top five states for hospital safety, while Maryland, New York, Alaska, Delaware and North Dakota were at the bottom of the list. Still, the Washington, D.C. area and Maryland, were noted for improvements, which included three new A hospitals: Howard County General Hospital, Northwest Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dive Insight: Once again, the most common grade awarded was a C, though more hospitals received As than Bs. Leapfrog's rubric is based on 27 performance measures of patient safety, collected and reported by both the nonprofit and CMS. Each measure … [Read more...] about Maryland, DC hospitals see improvement in Leapfrog quality poll
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Dive Brief: The Leapfrog Group released its 2017 Top Hospitals list, which includes 14 from California, 13 from Florida and 10 each from Massachusetts and New Jersey. California also led the list last year when 25 hospitals made the list. The list honors 109 hospitals, including 45 general hospitals, 36 teaching hospitals, 18 rural hospitals and 10 children's hospitals. The Leapfrog Group collects data for the award through its Hospital Survey, which measures hospitals’ performances on national standards of patient safety, quality, efficiency and management structures. Dive Insight: The Leapfrog Group said its ratings are “the most comprehensive picture of how patients fare at individual institutions.” Some areas featured include preventing infections, reducing C-sections, technology usage to provide safer care and leadership policies and practices, according to the group. "The award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather to … [Read more...] about The Leapfrog Group releases its 2017 Top Hospitals list
Dive Brief: The CMS released its Measures under Consideration (MUC) list for 2018 pre-rulemaking. The agency also sent the MUC to the National Quality Forum for input. The new list includes 32 measures that the CMS said has “the potential to drive improvement in quality across numerous settings of care, including clinical practices, hospitals and dialysis facilities,” wrote Kate Goodrich, MD, director for the Center for Clinical Standards & Quality and CMS’ chief medical officer. The list is much shorter than last year's, when CMS considered almost 100 measures. The CMS is also “considering new measures to help quantify healthcare outcomes and track the effectiveness, safety and patient-centeredness of the care provided,” said Goodrich. Dive Insight: An ongoing theme at CMS this year is reducing reporting burdens with a goal of implementing meaningful quality measures. Administrative burden associated with quality … [Read more...] about CMS releases shorter Measures Under Consideration list
A survey of more than 600 primary and specialty-care physicians across the U.S. suggests mistrust of major insurance companies is an issue across the industry. With many MDs taking the view insurers are an impediment to the provision of quality care, that dynamic could impact coordination of care and risk-based arrangements that require a level of partnership between health plans, hospitals and physicians, Brandon Edwards, CEO of ReviveHealth, told Healthcare Dive. The 2015 ReviveHealth Payor Trust Index polled respondents on six of the top national insurers and ranked them in order of trust, with UnitedHealthcare at the bottom and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans at the top. Trust was measured through several factors, including physicians’ perspectives on a health plan’s efforts to: Honor its commitments; Be honest and accurately represent itself and intentions; and Not routinely take advantage of physicians. It found the top … [Read more...] about How much do physicians trust insurance companies?
Most people would like to know if their doctor has a troubled past. However, getting information about a physician is quite difficult. Information about doctors is private — it is not open to the public. Access to information about a physician is restricted to law enforcement, insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, and a few other select groups. National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) collects information about doctors’ malpractice payouts and disciplinary records. The NPDB data bank is private. Patient-safety advocate, Robert Oshel, and former associate director for research and disputes analyzed NPDB data and found it revealed that less than 2 percent of doctors in the United States were responsible for half of the $85 billion in malpractice payouts made since the federal government started gathering information pertaining to malpractice. Oshel says, “You can find out more about the safety record of your toaster and whether or not it’s going to catch on … [Read more...] about New Report Reveals: ‘What Makes a Great Doctor’