mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Nearly 1,500 Hospitals Penalized Under Medicare Program Rating Quality
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its second round of penalties and bonuses to hospitals under its Value-Based Purchasing Program. Medicare reduced payment rates for 1,451 hospitals and increased rates for 1,231 based on 24 quality measures, including patient satisfaction surveys and for the first time, death rates
  2. Hospitals Try Yogurt to Prevent Infections in Patients 
    Holy Redeemer Hospital won an innovation award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania for its efforts to combat a significant increase in Clostridium difficile cases with the use of yogurts containing probiotics. Read about their process, findings and the impact researchers believe probiotics could have on the prevention of life-threatening infections.
  3. The Productivity Gap: Protecting Your Revenue When ICD-10 Goes Live 
    Having watched more than 20 countries including Canada transition to ICD-10, there are several steps the United States can take to prepare for our own switch to the new code a year from now. Learn more about how healthcare leaders can prevent excessive productivity loss by effectively: measuring and projecting productivity, training coders and adjusting resources as needed to accommodate effects of the switch-over.
  4. Interdisciplinary Care Starts with Respect for Colleagues
    Nurses, physicians,pharmacists and other clinicians are all essential to delivering high value, high quality care. Consider this author’s argument that our current top-down hierarchy is flawed and needs to be grounded in a mutual respect for each others’ contributions.
  5. AHRQ Releases Infographic and Video on Multiple Chronic Conditions
    With Americans living longer lives, healthcare providers are being called upon to treat more patients than ever with Multiple Chronic Conditions. According to AHRQ, two-thirds of older Americans are living with at least two chronic physical or behavioral illnesses, and that number is on the rise along with the mounting costs associated with what has become a major public health issue.