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Do EHRs Improve Quality of Care?

Over the past few years, use of electronic health records (EHRs) have grown exponentially. However, there has not been definitive proof that EHRs help improve quality and lower costs of health care. This article reviews whether having complementary [...]

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cheating the system

The controversial practice of using electronic health record (EHR) systems to “upcode” Medicare claims has attracted the attention of policymakers and triggered targeted audits by the Department of Health and Human Services. “Upcoding” [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

ER Closures & Mortality at Nearby Hospitals

There has been an increase in demand for emergency care in the U.S., yet access to emergency rooms is diminishing. From 1996 to 2009, annual visits to Emergency Departments (EDs) increased by 51% while the number of EDs decreased by 6%. This has led [...]

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Incentivizing health over fee-for-service

In 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started the Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS. PQRS operates on the premise that required reporting of specific delivery-of-care metrics will induce the necessary behavioral changes [...]

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Medicaid DSH cuts won’t impact quality

This study provided weak evidence to suggest an association between net Medicaid DSH payments and hospital quality of care. Its results suggest an inelastic response to declining Medicaid DSH payments. Of the 9-quality measures that were created, [...]

August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

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