CDC Influenza News and Highlights

CDC Influenza News and Highlights

WEEKLY INFLUENZA SURVEILLANCE Flu activity is high across most of the country with flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths elevated. Flu season will probably continue for several weeks.While the flu vaccine is not working as well as usual against some H3N2 viruses, vaccination can still protect some people and reduce hospitalizations and deaths, and will protect against other flu…

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

New Manual Helps Hospitals Improve Medication Reconciliation The AHRQ-funded Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) has produced an implementation manual to help hospitals improve medication reconciliation practices. These improvements can lead to reductions in negative outcomes such as inpatient adverse drug events and readmission rates, which have significant patient safety and financial implications for…

AHRQ Study Shows Families Could Save More Than $1,000 on Average if States Expanded Medicaid

AHRQ Study Shows Families Could Save More Than $1,000 on Average if States Expanded Medicaid

A new AHRQ study published in Health Affairs estimated that low income, uninsured adults could have saved, on average, more than $1,000 per year in family out-of-pocket health care costs if they were able to enroll in Medicaid, according to the analysis by AHRQ researcher Steven Hill, Ph.D. The study measured family out-of-pocket health care spending in…

Simply Healthcare plans may go out of business in few counties

Simply Healthcare plans may go out of business in few counties

As of January 1st 2015, Simply healthcare plans will no longer be available for Medicare beneficiaries residing in Broward, Palm Beach, Duval, Clay, Brevard, Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties in Florida.   Medicare patients will be receiving a formal notice from Simply Healthcare dated October 2, 2014. The CMS approved letter will be sent…

CMS Launches Next Phase of New Quality Improvement Program

CMS Launches Next Phase of New Quality Improvement Program

On July 18, CMS awarded additional contracts as part of a restructuring of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program to create a new approach to improve care for beneficiaries, families and caregivers. QIOs are private, mostly not-for-profit organizations staffed by doctors and other health care professionals trained to review medical care and help beneficiaries with…