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Value-based Purchasing and Reimbursement: The Business Case for Improving Quality and Patient Safety
In the increasingly competitive, transparent and value-based healthcare economy, hospitals and health systems in Western PA and throughout the nation are facing increasing financial pressure from healthcare purchasers and payers to improve patient care outcomes. At the center of value-based purchasing and reimbursement, performance against numerous measures of quality and [...] Read more

Quantros Highlights Evergreen Value of Measuring and Improving Healthcare Quality, Safety and Performance Regardless of ACA Repeal and Replacement

GREENVILLE, SC – July 19, 2017 – Amid the heated debates and uncertainty regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the fate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Quantros, Inc., emphasizes that regardless of the legislative outcome, payments and [...]Read more

CMS Star Ratings Fail to Reflect True Clinical Quality
By Frank Mazza, M.D. Hospital executives and other stakeholders should be aware that a new research study1 challenges the idea that CMS hospital star ratings based solely on patient experiences can serve as a reliable indicator for clinical quality. This study follows a wake of industry criticism regarding a recent research letter published in JAMA […] Read more

Study throws cold water on link between star ratings and clinical outcomes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ star-ratings system has already been the target of considerable criticism, and a new study finds that the ratings’ emphasis on patient experience doesn’t produce reliable care quality data. Researchers from Quantros, a safety and quality software provider, sent an advance copy of the study to FierceHealthcare. The study […] Read more

Population Health News: Healthcare Quality, Safety Measurement: The Journey Is Slow, but Goals Make Effort Worthwhile
By Frank Mazza, M.D. The pursuit of defining and measuring both clinical quality and patient safety in healthcare is a laudable goal that features inextricably linked essential elements. Would anyone question perfecting the stopping power of Porsche brakes, the side impact protection of Volvo roll cages or the road handling of Michelin tires in terms […] Read more

Managed Healthcare Executive: Preventing human errors in healthcare,0
Human error is a determining factor in 70% to 80% of industrial accidents, as well as in a large percentage of errors and adverse events experienced in healthcare. In fact, it’s a commonly held belief in some healthcare settings that human error represents the root cause of many adverse events. Read more