Quality

Patients with cancer were more likely to report they received better quality of care if they had a role in their treatment decisions, according to a recent survey.

Nearly 6 percent of people who underwent surgery were readmitted within 30 days, according to an analysis of U.S. hospitals.

Patients discharged from higher-quality hospitals or who received care in higher-quality nursing homes are less likely to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 days, according to a study published in AMJC Managed Markets Network.

The Institute of Medicine has released four recommendations urging significant changes in how clinical trial data are shared, reports Modern Healthcare.  

More public reporting on quality could help bring down hospital costs, according to a new Health Affairs study, reports Modern Healthcare.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released additional quality data to give patients and their families more information to inform their selection of a provider, according to an agency blog.

Independent and objective data on physician performance are only available for 15 percent of U.S. docs, according to non-profit Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute.

Legislation introduced in California would require the establishment of a statewide healthcare cost and quality database, reports California Healthline.

Boeing, Starbucks and Costco, among other major employers, are aggressively pushing local hospitals and physicians to meet rigorous standards in how they deliver healthcare, reports Los Angeles Times.

A major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that as quality improved on 17 measures in hospital care, so did racial and ethnic equality, according to Medscape.

While quality reporting helps stimulate improvement initiatives, hospital executives see little correlation with clinical outcomes, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

What are the keys to population health management? Patient engagement and acting on available data, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.