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Minorities more likely to be Readmitted

Prevention of hospital readmissions serves as one of the primary metrics for quality improvement under the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began levying penalties for hospitals that had 30-day [...]

January 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Delivery System Reforms: Delivering Value?

Restructuring health care delivery to reduce costs and improve quality is a fundamental part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a response to the long history of high domestic healthcare spending with suboptimal outcomes. In fact, the ACA mandated [...]

December 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Are We There Yet?

In 2004, President George W. Bush launched an initiative to provide all Americans with electronic health records (EHR) by 2014. In 2009, Congress passed the HITECH Act, providing $30 billion to help get there. But as 2015 concludes, we have yet to [...]

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Decreasing Disparities in Health Coverage

Implemented in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s major coverage expansion was designed to improve the accessibility and affordability of health insurance. Although the ACA’s coverage expansion should decrease disparities in health care [...]

November 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hospital Quality: The Devil is in the Details

In the debate over health care reform, one of the few issues everyone agrees on is the need for quality improvement (QI). Many believe we should reward the best performers and penalize those that fail to meet quality standards. It seems like a [...]

October 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

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