Study: Hospital Compare Scores Do Not Improve Outcomes

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, quality scores on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website aren’t likely to improve hospital outcomes. Researchers at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts sent 630 hospitals a 21-question poll in the fall of 2012 (before CMS implemented federal penalties affecting reimbursements) that addressed the participants’ Hospital Compare scores for measures involving cost, patient experience, process measures, volume, mortality and readmissions. 70 percent of the 380 hospitals that responded agreed that public reporting provides incentives to organizations to implement quality improvement initiatives. However, respondents did express concerns about the potential side effects of the metrics. 59 percent of respondents also expressed concerns that emphasis on publicly reported quality measures could come at the expense of other areas.

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Study: Restaurant Dining More Damaging Than Fast Food

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsTwo studies recently published in the JAMA Internal Medicine show sitting down to a meal at a restaurant does even more damage to your waistline and overall health than fast food.

Nutritional information of food ordered at 19 sit-down restaurant chains reveal caloric counts in the average meal contained 1,128 calories — 56% of the average daily intake recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a healthy adult.

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