Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quality Improvement: ‘Become Good At Cheating And You Never Need To Become Good At Anything Else’

Dana Halvorson


On August 27, 2015, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler released an article on the HealthAffairs Blog entitled Quality Improvement: ‘Become Good At Cheating And You Never Need To Become Good At Anything Else’. The article includes that, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has trumpeted the recent drop in hospital readmissions among Medicare patients as a major advance for patient safety. But lost amidst the celebration is the fact that hospitals are increasingly “observing” patients (or treating returning patients in the emergency department) rather than “readmitting” them. But while re-labeling helps hospitals meet CMS’ quality standards (and avoid costly fines), it probably signals little real quality gain and often leaves patients worse off financially.”

You may read the full article here. For more information about the observation stays issue, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.





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