NJ hospitals save $113 million in gainsharing demonstration (ahanews.com) A consortium of 12 New Jersey hospitals achieved nearly $113 million in health care savings under a three-year “gainsharing” project that encouraged hospitals and physicians to work together to provide more efficient, high-quality care, the New Jersey Hospital Association reports. About 17% of the savings was shared with physicians based on their performance on quality and efficiency metrics, including performance versus peers and improvement over time.
James Sharer Outlines the Academics Required for Medical Career Foundation (einnewsesk.com) As a Penn State Biology major, James Sharer was encouraged to select options to further his understanding of the field. He chose Vertebrate Physiology, which means he focuses on animal physiology and anatomy. This option is for students interested in medicine, like James Sharer, and also for students of dentistry, pharmacology, and animal physiology.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Survey results released (njbiz.com) The 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Survey, which looks at how hospitals in New Jersey and nationwide perform in critical areas like avoiding medication errors and hospital-acquired infections, was posted Friday by the Leapfrog Group on its website.
Senate Appropriators Release Draft FY15 Labor-HHS Spending Bill (aamc.org) The Senate Appropriations Committee Democratic leadership July 24 released the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 draft spending bill and report language. The subcommittee June 10 approved the bill, but consideration by the full Senate Appropriations Committee was indefinitely postponed shortly after the markup.
The Problem with 'Pay for Performance' in Medicine (nytimes.com) Pay for performance” is one of those slogans that seem to upset no one. To most people it’s a no-brainer that we should pay for quality and not quantity. We all know that paying doctors based on the amount of care they provide, as we do with a traditional fee-for-service setup, creates incentives for them to give more care.