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  • Rural hospitals lead in infection prevention

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016

    Researchers from the Department of Health and Human Services analyzed outcomes from urban and rural providers for value-based purchasing initiatives in fiscal 2015, including the federal Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction and Hospital Readmissions ...

  • Rural hospitals outperformed urban in value, readmissions, hospital acquired condition programs

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016

    When it comes to thwarting hospital-acquired infections and scoring better in government value-based purchasing programs, rural hospitals outperformed their urban counterparts and saw fewer penalties in 2015, shows a report released recently by the U.S ...

  • BRMC participates in year-long, nationwide improvement project

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016

    Baxter Regional Medical Center prevented 209 patient harms or hospital-acquired conditions at a cost savings of $1,183,336 while participating in an improvement project, known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0. HEN 2.0 — a nationwide ...

  • Rural hospitals often beat urban hospitals on quality

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

    Rural hospitals on average have done better at avoiding the spread of hospital-acquired conditions and have scored higher in Medicare's value-based purchasing program than their urban counterparts. Last year only 288, or 34% of rural hospitals ...

  • Rural hospitals out-perform urban hospitals on key quality measures

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016

    Just 14% of rural hospitals faced penalties under the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, compared to 26% of urban facilities. Urban hospitals, on the other hand, did slightly better than rural hospitals with readmissions. In 2015, 79% of ...

  • HAIs less likely to spread in rural hospitals, report finds

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016

    The programs studied in the report include the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, as well as the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Rural hospitals outperformed urban ones in the HACRP, with 14% of rural facilities penalized for hospital ...

  • Conway Regional joins team working to improve safety

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016

    The redesigned policy has since been applied throughout the health system. HENs identify best practices proven to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and spread them to other hospitals and health care providers. These networks are a key element of the ...

  • 3 State Hospital Associations Form Safety Pact

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016

    Hospital associations in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin have created a joint Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) to reduce readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, and improve patient safety. More than 330 hospitals and health systems ...

  • New Tools for Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

    Under the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, healthcare providers that fail to achieve successful patient outcome targets can suffer reduced reimbursements for their services. Global spending on infection control—which ...

  • Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care: Progress and Promise of the Affordable Care Act and Other Administration Efforts

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016

    Hospital-acquired conditions have fallen since 2010, saving 87,000 lives and $20 billion in health care costs. The ACA also catalyzed the development of Medicare value-based payment models aimed at transforming our health care delivery system through ...

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