Quality

The percentage of individuals offered access to their online medical record did not change from 2017 to 2018, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Avoidable hospital deaths are on the decline, according to recent estimates from the Leapfrog Group for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The American Hospital Association has outlined a seven-step approach specifically tailored to health system leaders to address burnout in healthcare.

CMS has issued a new guidance to limit the prevalence of spread pricing in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a broader effort to lower prescription drug costs.

Civica Rx, a not-for-profit drug company startup that aims to provide more affordable drugs, inked a new deal to distribute antibiotics with Xellia Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Copenhagen that develops, manufactures and commercializes anti-infective treatments.

Rural hospitals are closing at a quick pace, leaving communities at a loss after sometimes long-standing institutions shutter their doors. In Fort Scott, Kan., the closure of a 132-year-old hospital had to be reckoned with, and the closure brings up the question of if small towns need a traditional hospital at all, NPR reported.

The FDA is putting an end to a program that allowed medical device companies to keep the public in the dark about reports of harm and malfunction. The program, called alternative summary reporting, was established in 1997 and its data has not been publicly available.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., has been given another extension from federal regulators to correct its problems. The pediatric hospital came under fire in late 2018 after the Tampa Bay Times uncovered widespread problems at the facility, including a rising death rate in the pediatric heart unit.

Amputations that are a result of diabetic complications are a life-changing action when the disease spirals out of control. As the prevalence of the disease continues to rise––30 million Americans are estimated to have diabetes––black and Latino patients are more likely to have an amputation compared to non-Hispanic whites, CNN reports.

Within the same metro area, the price of some common health services can vary up to 39-fold, while services can differ 25-fold across areas, according to the latest issue brief from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

Twenty-four defendants, including C-suite executives from five telemedicine companies, the owners of dozens of durable medical equipment (DME) companies and three licensed medical professionals, have been charged in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes investigated by the FBI and HHS.

Nearly a quarter of heart failure patients discharged after rehabbing in skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) are bound to get readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of going home. And those whose stay at the SNF two days or fewer are up to four times more likely to be readmitted than those who stay longer.