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What the HAC is going on?

By Nancy Foster
December 20, 2016

The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, or HAC program, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS), is broken. In yesterday’s American Journal of Medical Quality, the AHA and our research partners at KNG Health Consulting, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the Association of American Medical Colleges published an article outlining the inherent bias in the formula used to calculate the HAC penalties for hospitals and health systems.

The way the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, HAC

Striking a Balance with Transparency and Usefulness

By Nancy Foster
May 25, 2016

A blog post in Health Affairs poses the question: Will Hospitals Help or Hinder a Better Report Card? The answer is that hospitals and health systems have led the way in developing transparent reporting of quality and patient safety data. As a creator of Hospital Compare, a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients, the hospital field strongly supports transparency, and leads in sharing quality and safety... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, transparency

The Case for Revised Readmissions Risk Adjustments

By Nancy Foster
September 14, 2015

While addressing unnecessary readmissions is an important way to improve patient care, it is important that we understand that there are many factors that influence the likelihood a patient will be readmitted.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) has long advocated that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amend the measures used in its public reporting and for the Readmissions Reduction Program to recognize that many of the factors that influence whether a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, readmissions, SES, socioeconomic status
 

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