HealthLeaders 2015

Updated Sept. 4, 2015

~ indicates a regular weekly column on healthcare quality
+ indicates a special column on healthcare human resources issues

Sept. 4, 2015 • Primary Care: Medicare’s ‘Wellness Visit’ Money Goes Unclaimed
http://bit.ly/1LZVYBR

July 1, 2015 • Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?
http://bit.ly/1LMs1EB

June 17, 2015 • Medicare’s CCM Code: Extra Money or Extra Pain?
http://bit.ly/1L0tdTH

~ May 21, 2015 • Welcome Back, Volume—the Original Quality Measure
http://bit.ly/1cQskzm

May 20, 2015 • Limits Urged on Surgeries by Low-Volume Providers
http://bit.ly/1Hh4ftv

May 19, 2015 • ACP Issues ‘High-Value Cancer Screening’ Guidelines
http://bit.ly/1GBFJqW

~ May 14, 2015 • Marcus Welby, MD, is on the Hot Seat
http://bit.ly/1HqIVar

May 13, 2015 • Reducing Scans, Improving Care
http://bit.ly/1Puzivy

May 8, 2015 • Hospital Infection Reporting to Widen, Definitions to Get More Precise
http://bit.ly/1zRa17Y

~ May 7, 2015 • Bringing Parsimony and Reason to the Insanity of Measure Mania
http://bit.ly/1F9ZmYf

May 7, 2015 • IPAB Repeal Urged by More Than 500 Groups
http://bit.ly/1JU2gRK

May 7, 2015 • Efforts to Save Premature Babies Vary Widely
http://bit.ly/1H3PBYY

May 5, 2015 • Pioneer ACO Program Saves $384 Million, OK’d for Expansion
http://bit.ly/1EodMNv

May 1, 2015 • FDA Seeks More Safety Data on Hospital Antiseptics, Proposes Rule
http://bit.ly/1zjOmVs

April 29, 2015 • Leapfrog Shows Hospitals’ Progress on Safety Grades
http://bit.ly/1zoQnQH

~ April 23, 2015 • Natural Orifice Gallbladder Surgery as Safe as Laparoscopy
http://bit.ly/1EhXJVT

April 23, 2015 • Appeals of Denied Medicare Claims Mean High Costs for Hospitals, Low Risk for RACs
http://bit.ly/1DEfwTq

April 17, 2015 • Medicare Issues its First Star Ratings for Patient Experience
http://bit.ly/1DdIRDe

~ April 16, 2015 • ABMS Chief Defends MOC
http://bit.ly/1zl92qO

April 16, 2015 • Half of Cataract Surgery Patients Undergo Unnecessary Tests
http://bit.ly/1E5CTuQ

April 15, 2015 • 6 in 10 Health Data Breaches Due to ‘Criminal Activity
http://bit.ly/1FLVYgx

April 13, 2015 • Preventing Hospital-Acquired Delirium
http://bit.ly/1E6YXoS

April 13, 2015 • MedPAC: Gut Two-Midnight Rule; Punish Aggressive RACs
http://bit.ly/1DNcqA7

~ April 9, 2015 • Q&A: Paul Teirstein—The Doc Behind the Mutiny Against the MOC
http://bit.ly/1EcMb6w

April 8, 2015 • C. Diff Infection Doubles Chances of Hospital Readmission
http://bit.ly/1Jo02au

April 7, 2015 • Stent Overuse Targeted by Federal Cardiology Program
http://bit.ly/1chC5Xk

~ April 2, 2015 • Functional Outcomes Data for Joint Replacement Ups the Quality Ante
http://bit.ly/1NE8ump

March 27, 2015 • Lower Costs Linked to Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
http://bit.ly/1OAIr2H

March 25, 2015 • Some Value-Based Models Ready to Scale, Says CMS
http://bit.ly/1Brutq0

March 23, 2015 • OIG: Unimplemented CMS Recommendations Cost Taxpayers Billions
http://bit.ly/1ETTv5N

~ March 19, 2015 • Doctors, Stop Sticking Your Patients So Often
http://bit.ly/1BXPR9C

March 17, 2015 • Orthopedists’ Financial Conflicts Can Hurt Patients, Surgeon Says
http://bit.ly/1Gj8yFJ

~ March 12, 2015 • Fed Up, Doctors Take Healthcare Overuse Campaign to the Street
http://bit.ly/1wZuSVm

March 12, 2015 • Cardiologist Blasts Patient Informed Consent Process
http://bit.ly/1C8MBd8

March 11, 2015 • Value of U.S. Cancer Care Questioned
http://bit.ly/1wXVy8R

~ March 5, 2015 • In Cancer Wars, It’s Doctors vs. Hospitals
http://bit.ly/1wYjjba

March 4, 2015 • 10 Reasons Why CMS’s Cancer Payment Model Could Fail
http://bit.ly/1Cpkvvr

March 3, 2015 • Intractable C. Difficile Infection Linked to Multiple Care Settings
http://bit.ly/1aqud50

Feb. 23, 2015 • NY Health System, FL Hospital Partner for Snowbird Care
http://bit.ly/1DO512M

January/February 2015 • Dealing with Drug Diversion
http://bit.ly/1DGq5bB

~ Feb. 19, 2015 • Better Chemo Care Keeps Patients Out of the Hospital
http://bit.ly/1FyTSVP

Feb. 16, 2015 • CMS Announces Bundled Care Payments for Oncology
http://bit.ly/1Af0tQA

Feb. 13, 2015 • 10 CA Hospitals Fined for Medical Errors
http://bit.ly/1zcC3oe

~ Feb. 12, 2015 • Choosing Wisely Lists Too Meek?
http://bit.ly/1zykEoZ

Feb. 10, 2015 • ECRI’s Watch List for Hospital Execs Highlights Technology
http://bit.ly/1yvgBJY

~ Feb. 5, 2015 • Quality Improvement Wars: Them’s Fightin’ Words
http://bit.ly/16vFCxU

Feb. 4, 2015 • Most Surgical Readmissions Caused by Common Complications
http://bit.ly/1yTxUpc

Jan. 30, 2015 • Medicare Payment Reforms Spark Calls for Sweeter Incentives
http://bit.ly/1D85cFX

~ Jan. 29, 2015 • The HAC No One Wants to Talk About
http://bit.ly/1DcxTiR

Jan 26, 2015 • OIG Raps CMS Oversight of Compounded Drugs
http://bit.ly/18AFbDP

~ Jan. 22, 2015 • This ‘Magic Pill’ Can Make Patient Care Safer
http://bit.ly/1JmtjRe

Jan 21, 2015 • Antimicrobial Wipes in ICUs Don’t Reduce HAIs, Study Says
http://bit.ly/1yHKyLs

~ Jan. 15, 2015 • No Easy Fix to Opioid Abuse-Related Problems
http://bit.ly/1x5zgfq

Jan 15, 2015 • 11 Healthcare Buzzwords for 2015
http://bit.ly/1G1n0pR

Jan 14, 2015 • Flu Vaccination Pressure Ratchets Up at Hospitals
http://bit.ly/1C0tXmT

~ Jan. 8, 2015 • Patients Clueless About Treatment Risks; Docs Little Help
http://bit.ly/1Fv6KNF

Jan 7, 2015 • Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2015, Part 1
http://bit.ly/14uY8Gk

Jan 6, 2015 • Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2015, Part 1
http://bit.ly/1HFevy6