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  • Slavitt optimistic about value-based care moving forward

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016

    "Quality and safety have improved with the rate of hospital-acquired conditions declining by 17%, which has prevented an estimated 87,000 deaths over four years," acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Andy Slavitt ...

  • Minnesota Valley Health Center recognized for excellence in patient safety

    Sun, 04 Dec 2016

    Minnesota Valley Health Center has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network 2.0. The network 2.0 is working to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 ...

  • RLMC recognized for superior performance

    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

    The goals of the campaign were to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and decrease hospital re-admissions by 20 percent. MHA recognizes HEN participants for their superior performance in patient safety when they achieve and ...

  • FCH part of national improvement effort

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    HENS identify best practices proven to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and spread them to other hospitals and health care providers. The networks are a key element of the national Partnership for Participants campaign to improve the quality ...

  • Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program

    Thu, 06 Aug 2015

    Health Policy Briefs are produced under a partnership of Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Cite as: "Health Policy Brief: Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program," Health Affairs, August 6, 2015.

  • Hospital-acquired conditions mean Medicare penalties for 700-plus hospitals

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014

    More than 700 hospitals will see their total Medicare payments docked by 1% in fiscal 2015 as part of the first year of a federal penalty program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety. The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction ...

  • Health Reform and the Changing Safety Net in the United States

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016

    Many of these payment models operate through Medicare. For example, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program all create incentives for providers to deliver ...

  • Hospital Acquired Conditions, Patient Safety Hold Steady in 2014

    Wed, 02 Dec 2015

    After a significant drop in HACs at the start of the decade, patient safety gains appear to be leveling off in the nation's hospitals. Key hospital quality and patient safety metrics, including the rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs), certain ...

  • Medicare plans to stop paying for 6 hospital-acquired conditions

    Sun, 17 Jun 2007

    The country's payment system offers hospitals little financial incentive to prevent complications because they stand to make more money for treating the conditions patients acquire during their stays, patient safety advocates charge. A newly proposed ...

  • Hospital-acquired conditions have decreased since Affordable Care Act implemented

    Thu, 03 Dec 2015

    Approximately 87,000 fewer patients died in the hospital as a result of the reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). For every 1,000 patients admitted ...

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