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Hospital Quality Measures
HAIs: Hospitals Struggle to Make Consistent Progress

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report highlighting recent improvements in hospital care quality, specifically lower rates of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HACs declined by 21 percent from 2010 to 2015, representing an estimated 125,000 patient deaths averted and…

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Top 10 Outpatient Diagnoses

Outpatient care has taken up an increasingly larger share of hospitals’ overall revenue and resources, especially as organizations try to reduce unnecessary admissions and lower costs. In 2014, over half of hospitals’ net patient revenue came from outpatient care. Based upon a review of Definitive Healthcare, the current state of…

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Why Some States Declined to Expand Medicaid

The vast majority of healthcare organizations and professional groups support Medicaid expansion, the Obamacare initiative to widen eligibility for Medicaid to individuals earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level. To them, the benefits of expansion, such as less bad debt and uncollectible bills, better patient access to services,…

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New Data Highlight: Updated Hospital Quality Metrics

CMS releases updated quality data on a quarterly basis.  The latest update was released in October, and included updates to: Hospital overall star ratings Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) ratings Timely and Effective Care Healthcare-Associated Infections Definitive Healthcare has incorporated these updates into its databases and…

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