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. Sebelius Resigning from HHS
    According White House officials, President Obama has accepted the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, and he plans to nominate Sylvia Matthews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to take her place as the next head of HHS.
  2. CMS Makes Physician Claims Data Public
    On Wednesday, the federal government took its biggest step since 1979 toward making our country’s Medicare program more transparent when the agency released 2012 payment and utilization data for 880,000 physicians nationwide. As CMS issues to the public a call to action that they say will ultimately help curtail costs and improve quality, leaders within the American Medical Association are providing words of caution in the form of a “Guide to Media Reporting on CMS’ Medicare Physician Claims Data.”
  3. DeSalvo Charts New Course for ONC
    Newly seated national coordinator for health information technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, is calling for a “more forward-thinking” ONC and a restructuring of current workgroups that will involve consumer and privacy advocates. Read more about the groundwork being laid for the plan that DeSalvo intends to release for public comment in July.
  4. Whether You are Relieved or Frustrated by the ICD-10 Delay, Use the Time Wisely
    What are your organization’s next steps now that ICD-10 implementation appears to be another year away? One scenario has facilities, which are standing ready for conversion, moving forward in an effort to begin testing the new system in preparation for the program’s full roll-out in 2015.
  5. 4 Things Hospital CEOs Can Learn From General Motors
    The healthcare industry has an opportunity to take heed now and learn from testimony given to Congressional leaders this week by General Motors CEO, Mary Barra whose words pointed to a desperate need for a shift from a work culture of secrecy to one of information-sharing.
  6. NPSF and AQIPS Partner to Illustrate Impact of PSO Alignment at Patient Safety Congress
    The National Patient Safety Foundation and the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety will partner to offer a special educational program, prior to the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress in May, aimed at showing healthcare professionals exactly how working with a Patient Safety Organization can help them accomplish their patient safety goals.