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AHRQ Releases Guidance for Reductions in Medicaid Hospital Readmissions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued a comprehensive guide with an interactive toolkit for providers to target reductions in Medicaid hospital readmissions. While numerous CMS initiatives have...more

OIG Recommends Reduction in Hospital Outpatient Rates for Certain Procedures that Can Be Performed in ASCs

On April 16, 2014, the OIG released a report concluding that between CYs 2007 through 2011, Medicare has saved nearly $7 billion by covering surgical procedures in ASCs. In addition to the savings that would continue to...more

PSO Reminder: Hospitals Need to Contract with a PSO in Order to Participate in State Insurance Exchanges

Hospitals with 50 or more beds will not be able to provide services through qualified health plans working with state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unless the hospital has a patient safety evaluation...more

AHRQ Releases Draft Report on Implantable Defibrillators and Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

On March 21, 2013, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Technology Assessment Program released a draft technology assessment report regarding implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and the evidence...more

Preventable Medical Error: Never Events

We talked recently about wrong site surgery, a type of wholly unnecessary medical mistake termed a never event. While steps are taken each year to reduce the occurrence of malpractice events, they still occur too often — as a...more

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