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Hospital Star Ratings Show Patients, Providers That Not All Care Is Equal


It’s not as user-friendly as Consumer Reports, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ overall star rating system represents progress in getting data into the hands of health care consumers. And despite some methodological shortcomings, it puts providers on their toes, which is a good thing. On July 27,…

Star Ratings Delayed, But Need for Transparency Remains


Hospital industry lobbyists earned their money recently when the Obama administration bowed to Congressional pressure and delayed the release of a new system to rate hospitals based on health outcomes for patients treated under Medicare. The delay is likely to be just a short-term respite for the industry. Hospital ratings…

What MACRA Means for Healthcare Executives

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Recent announcements from CMS regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) have the healthcare community buzzing.  It’s not surprising considering this piece of legislation represents the most sweeping set of changes to Medicare’s physician payment methodology since the current system was put in place 25 years…

Rising to the Challenge of Transparency: Key Next Steps for Healthcare Leaders

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The healthcare delivery world is rapidly becoming more transparent. Efforts by consumers, the government, and private institutions to make price and quality data available are growing – and they will transform how healthcare executives think and operate. Neither a hard-earned reputation nor brand equity purchased with expensive advertising are enough…