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.

Healthcare should focus more on imitation and less on innovation, according to an article published in Harvard Business Review.

More than one-third of hospitalization costs in 13 low-income N.J. communities are linked with behavioral health conditions, underscoring the need for better coordination of behavioral and physical healthcare, according to a Rutgers study. 

The Peer Exchange convened by The American Journal of Managed Care brought together payers and providers to hear their views on the value proposition of quality measures in oncology.

The Joint Commission has recognized 1,224 hospitals as “Top Performer” hospitals which have demonstrated overall quality improvements, according to Becker’s Healthcare.

A small study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that price transparency tools can put a significant dent in medical costs, reports The Washington Post. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a Texas nurse who treated an Ebola-stricken Liberian man has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Washington Post.