Only 39% of hospitals that participated in the second model of Bundled Payments for Care Improvement continued in the model after they faced downside risk.
The CMS' long-standing hospital readmissions penalty program has taken quite a beating recently from members of the research community over problems with its underlying measures.
Healthcare quality analysts say favoritism toward incumbents and fear of disrupting the status quo are major reasons why the same groups are repeatedly selected to develop and maintain quality measures for the CMS.
Advocates hired by patients are becoming more popular as a means to navigate the healthcare system.
Once considered the arbiter of patient complaints, the role of the patient advocate has expanded as navigating the healthcare system has become increasingly complex.
Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders might scare patients away from the best treatment options.
The National Institutes of Health is pushing for development of what its director has called a "pain-o-meter." Spurred by the opioid crisis, the goal isn't just to signal how much pain someone's in. It's also to determine what kind it is and what drug might be the most effective.
Press Ganey has promoted Joe Greskoviak to CEO of the patient satisfaction consultancy. Longtime CEO Patrick Ryan is now executive chairman.
A new study in Health Affairs found that changes in coding practices among hospitals influenced reported decreases in readmissions rates.
Researchers satirically suggested using a parachute when jumping from an aircraft doesn't necessarily reduce death or major traumatic injuries compared with jumping without one. But they had a serious point to make.
Considering the pressure the CMS has faced over the past year to address concerns that accrediting agencies face conflicts of interest, some industry observers think the agency could make meaningful changes to how accreditors operate.
Risk was the buzzword for healthcare quality and safety in 2018. The CMS strongly pushed value-based payment and downside risk on providers, but the agency was largely silent on patient-safety issues.