Hospital Quality Star Ratings Published

The Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings were published today by the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).  Hospital Compare provides information about the quality of care at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals in the United States. Ratings are based on one to five stars, with five being the highest. The overall rating summarizes up to 64 quality measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. CMS delayed publishing [...]

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Academic Health Center Settles Alleged HIPAA Violations With $2.7 Million Penalty

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon’s only academic health center comprising two hospitals and multiple general and specialty clinics, has agreed to pay a penalty of $2.7 million to settle alleged HIPAA violations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) commenced an investigation after OHSU submitted multiple breach reports impacting thousands of individuals. OCR uncovered evidence of widespread vulnerabilities within the health [...]

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An additional 7,000 primary care providers could benefit. The New York State Department of Health is requesting an exception from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the current Safety Net definition policy that would allow additional criterion applicable only to Managed Care plan assigned PCPs for DSRIP purposes. This criterion would employ a statewide threshold, which would confer the PCPs' Safety Net status based on the number of Medicaid members assigned by their [...]

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