CMS is mulling 32 measures for Medicare quality, VBP programs; Advisory Board lines up everything you need to know about CMS' changes to hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center payments for 2018; and more.
P. Roy Vagelos, the former president, CEO, and chair of Merck, and his wife, Diana, have donated $250 million to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to eliminate student debt for future students, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, New Jersey, and New York.
The Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, teaches nurses to innovate and share their ideas, and hospitals that have implemented the nurses' proposals have seen better financial and clinical outcomes, three providers write in a Health Affairs Blog post.
In an annual report, CMS actuaries find U.S. health spending increased by 4.3% to $3.3 trillion in 2016, down from growth rates of 5.8% in 2015 and 5.1% in 2014—a decline in growth driven in part by a reduction in the use and intensity of health care services.
After years of often-intense debate, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing on Monday approved policy amendments that change the way livers are allocated for transplant.
A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that overlapping surgeries can increase the risk of complications for patients undergoing hip surgeries, but those findings conflict with a separate study published last month in JAMA Surgery.