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Epilepsy management
U.S. Epilepsy Rates Continue to Rise

Epilepsy rates are rising in children and adults according to a new report from the CDC. The percentage of the U.S. population diagnosed with epilepsy rose from 0.8% in 2011 to 1.2% in 2015, totaling over 3 million adults and approximately 0.5 million children. Categorized as a spectrum disorder due…

CMS To Test Child HCAHPS

In 2015, CMS will begin exploring how parents and their children’s satisfaction with their care can impact into hospitals’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reimbursements. This is because CMS has begun using Child Hospital Consumer Assessments of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAPHS) surveys to track patient satisfaction in…

Top 10 Providers of Hip Replacements

Total hip replacement, also known as hip arthoplasty, is a common orthopedic procedure. While not as common as knee surgeries, it is expected to become even common as the population ages. More than 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the U.S. each year according to the Center for Disease Control…

Patient Safety Should Include Preventing Falls

When thinking of hospital safety, what often comes to mind is safety from germs and possible infections.  Hospitals are not only assumed to be as sterile as possible, but that they will be safe for patients to navigate around. Unfortunately, however, patient falls are among the most commonly reported adverse…

Open Payments: Top 10 Hospitals Research Payments

On September 30, 2014 CMS launched their Open Payments database. Open Payments is a national disclosure program that publishes financial relationships between certain applicable manufacturers of drugs, devices, biological, and medical supplies and healthcare providers (hospitals and physicians). The release of this data set was mandated by the Sunshine Act…

A New Fiscal Year Begins New Readmission Penalties

October 1, 2014 marked the start of the fiscal year 2015 in the U.S. government. It also marked the start of increasing penalties for hospital readmissions, with the maximum penalty for 30-day readmissions increasing to 3%.  The 3% will be deducted from Medicare inpatient payments. The Hospital Readmissions Reductions Program…