In research from Sweden, privatizing certain health services appeared to lead to better quality.
Patient falls in hospitals are not uncommon, but are often considered as "never" events. An Australian study finds that implementation of common interventions to reduce such falls had no effect on their occurrence, indicating a waste of hospital staff time.https://psnet.ahrq.gov/resources/resource/30134
A grand list of researchers evaluate the first two years of Medicare’s comprehensive primary care initiative.
Another misfire for CMS’ quality efforts, as one such program actually rewards low-quality hospitals.
A study in JAMA finds that small, generally rural hospitals, seem to provide generally similar surgical outcomes to more urban facilities.
Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association explores the relationship between income and life expectancy.
Large numbers of patients are using virtual visits for routine and urgent care due to convenience. Research in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that guideline adherent care is not delivered in a significant fraction of these virtual visits and there is substantial variation in care across virtual visit websites.http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2511324
Work released by the Healthcare Association of New York State illustrates the burden quality measure reporting places on providers and recommending changes.
Research in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that hospital star ratings and some patient outcomes appear correlated.
The Health Care Cost Institute releases a set of reports using its impressive trove of commercial and Medicare claims data.
Primary care doctors often prescribe drugs in questionable circumstances and a NEJM article discusses how to reduce this practice.
A brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality presents useful information on how to design good physician feedback reports.