Healthcare Headlines Blog

Healthcare Headlines Week of January 18, 2016

By Kindred Healthcare

AHA Issue Brief Looks at Bundled Payment Initiatives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Bundled Payment for Care Improvement and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiatives will be important tests of how well Medicare bundled payment efforts can encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to coordinate care to lower spending and improve quality and the patient experience, according to an issue brief released today by the AHA. Read More

Retreat to Focus on Programs to Improve Communication, Resolution of Adverse Events

The Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation will sponsor a Feb. 18-19 retreat for health care leaders on how to establish an effective communication and resolution program for adverse events. Read More   

New Guidelines Nudge Doctors on Giving Patients Access to Medical Records

The Obama administration is tearing down barriers that make it difficult for patients to get access to their own medical records, telling doctors and hospitals that in most cases they must provide copies of these records within 30 days of receiving a request. Read More     

Long-Term Care Background Check Program Off to Slow Start, OIG Says

A federal initiative that provides states with grants to implement background check programs is off to a sluggish start, according to a new government report. Read More   

What's Right-and Wrong-With Health Care's Measurement Movement

When it comes to quality measurement, "we're hitting the targets, but missing the point," Robert Wachter, interim chair of the University of California-San Francisco's department of medicine, writes in a New York Times opinion piece. Read More   

Number of Americans Living Past 100 Jumps 44%

The number of American centenarians - people who live past 100 years old - has increased by 44% since 2000, according to federal health officials. Read More  


*Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare. This blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past week.

By Kindred Healthcare