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Leapfrog Measures Show Grade Inflation

Quantifying hospital performance has become an increasingly important trend. One of the pioneers was The Leapfrog Group, who introduced a self-reported Safe Practice Score (SPS) for hospitals in 2004. Since then, measures of hospital quality have [...]

June 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Analyzing Texas’ Tort Reforms

Malpractice claims are not a popular topic around a physician’s dinner table – in fact, throughout my medical training, I’ve heard peers express unwillingness to pursue certain specialties specifically due those specialties’ high malpractice [...]

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Racial Divide Affecting Medicaid Expansion

New research published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law revealed that public support for Medicaid expansion is related to state adoption, but this public support is racialized. Using complex statistical wrangling, the authors [...]

April 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Incentives for ACOs Outweigh Meaningful Use

Of the initiatives the federal government has launched in an effort to advance quality, encourage efficiency, and reduce the cost of health care, the (ACO) model continues to succeed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ [...]

March 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Reducing Never Events is no Easy Task

The Hospital-Acquired Condition—Present on Admission (HAC-POA) program of 2008 was one of the first federal initiatives to reduce hospital payments on the basis of adverse events. It prevents hospitals from being reimbursed by Medicare for the [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Poor Lives Matter

A recent paper describes the impact of poverty on various health outcomes and social conditions using an elegant, easy-to understand method. The authors used the 2015 County Health Rankings National Data to determine the five-year averages for [...]

December 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

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