Healthcare Headlines: December 2017

By Kindred Healthcare tags: CMS, cybersecurity, online reviews, tax bills
Healthcare Headlines

Report: Hospitals Enhance Antibiotics Stewardship, Continue To Reduce MRSA

According to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services, hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to incorporate the core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Verma announces CMS initiative to revise, simplify quality measures under federal health care programs

CMS recently announced a new federal initiative aimed to simplify quality measures, reduce regulatory burdens, and prompt innovation in the health care industry as it moves toward value-based payments. Read more

The 5 reasons why health spending is up $1 trillion

A new JAMA study finds annual U.S. health care spending rose by $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013; about half is attributed to changes in health care service price and intensity. Read more

The tricky question of how doctors should respond to bad online reviews

Health care consumers increasingly post doctor ratings online, hospitals and physicians have implemented a variety of strategies to address negative reviews, ranging from suing commentators for defamation to soliciting additional feedback, Casey Ross writes for STAT News. Read more

The House and Senate are both advancing tax bills—with radically different implications for providers

Among various difference between the two, the Senate bill would create a new tax deduction for pass-through businesses, which includes physicians. Read more