Apr 24th, 2014
According to a recent Office of Inspector General study conducted by the Office of Audit Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should reduce payments to hospital outpatient departments for services furnished to low-risk patients that could have been done in an ambulatory surgical center. Services performed in an ASC are generally less expensive ...
Jul 26th, 2012
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced July 16 the release of a new handbook, which the federal agency says provides practical steps for health care professionals to follow when integrating interactive preventive health records (IPHRs). “An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention” is ...
May 28th, 2010
The controversy continues over the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) November 2009 recommendations for breast cancer screening. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) sent a letter, dated May 12, to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting all agencies under HHS cease all promotion of the “impugned” recommendations. Hot Topic: Breast Cancer Screen...
In CMS
Dec 2nd, 2008
An inventory of quality measures used for reporting, payment, or quality improvement by its agencies and operating divisions was recently announced by Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS measures inventory is available on the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Web site. Inventory of HHS Quality Measures Released ...
Dec 2nd, 2008
Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule for Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) that will go into effect Jan. 19, 2009. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has already listed 15 PSOs. The final rule addresses concerns regarding how providers may efficiently collect and analyze patient safety event information with privilege ...