Quality

CMS has posted results from its implementation of the ACA’s value-based payment modifier program, and out of more than 13,800 eligible physician groups, just 128 groups—less than one percent—will receive “upward adjustments,” or bonuses, for strong performances. The rate for those adjustments is quoted as 15.92 percent, or 31.84 percent for some groups that treated high-risk beneficiaries.

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VA hospitals have been objectively measured against non-VA counterparts on some key performance indicators, and the former have defied their troubled reputation: They emerge from the statistical comparison looking, on average, quite competitively competent.

For fiscal year 2016, 758 hospitals were penalized under the hospital-acquired condition (HAC) reduction program. They will have their reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced by 1 percent for all Medicare discharges between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.

Through the Vitals SmartShopper program, employees receive cash incentives for choosing less expensive options for imaging, blood work and other areas in healthcare, the Associated Press reports. Vitals, a healthcare data firm, offers the SmartShopper program to employers and insurers in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Indiana and Kentucky.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Hartford Healthcare are the most recent hospitals to find “superbugs” on medical devices known as duodenoscopes, NBC News reports.

A new study found hospital productivity increased significantly from 2002 to 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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.