Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

“In today’s health-care climate, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often perceived as a commodity — a service where there are no meaningful differences in quality and thus an area in which patients can be advised to select a provider based on price and convenience alone,” write Richard Herzog M.D., Daniel R. Elgort, PhD, Adam E. […]

Big-name hospitals fail to get 5 stars in new Medicare ratings: Kaiser

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Big-name hospitals fail to get 5 stars in new Medicare ratings: Kaiser

Summary: “The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to dozens of unheralded ones,” Jordan Rau writes over at Kaiser Health News. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rated 3,617 hospitals on a […]

What does quality mean? How do you find it? Dr. Jay Parkinson tells all

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What does quality mean? How do you find it? Dr. Jay Parkinson tells all

Summary: How do you pick a doctor? Here’s a great handbook by Dr. Jay Parkinson, who’s a co-founder of Sherpaa. “During my preventive medicine residency at Hopkins I worked in Dr. Peter Provonost’s Institute for Patient Safety and Quality,” Jay writes on his blog. “In addition to leading all safety and quality issues at Hopkins, he’s also credited […]

Quality ratings: The Problem With Satisfied Patients, via The Atlantic

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Quality ratings: The Problem With Satisfied Patients, via The Atlantic

Summary: Quality measurements for health care providers, hospitals, surgical centers and so on are a hot topic. Everybody’s got a favorite source (Yelp? healthgrades.com? AHRQ? Leapfrog? Consumer Reports? U.S. News and World Report? Your Facebook friends?) but the bottom line seems to be this: There’s a cacophony of competing sources of measurement, none of them […]

Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity

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Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity

Summary: Quality measurement is a hot topic in health care these days. There are many systems, and they tend to disagree. Now seven experts have published a paper in the influential “Health Affairs” journal’s March 2015 issue, titled: “National Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity.” Click here […]

Quality measures: Getting More Performance from Performance Measurement — NEJM

Quality measures: Getting More Performance from Performance Measurement — NEJM

Summary: Performance transparency is as broken in health care as price transparency is. Here is a compelling perspective in a piece from the New England Journal of Medicine explaining just how many ways performance metrics are broken, and offering a few suggestions on how to fix the situation.   CLICK HERE FOR PRICES