Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

Every Friday NCQA gives a rundown of some of the health care news stories from the past week. Here are some of our picks for this week:

  • The federal government is altering quality measures for nursing homes. [Kaiser Health News]
  • Evidence based medicine vindicated in Canadian press. [Washington Post]
  • Nursing home quality scores drop in wake of new federal ratings. [USA Today]
  • Cultural changes in health care will lead to strong patient engagement for patients with obesity. [HealthLeaders Media]
  • States move to give terminally ill ‘right-to-try‘ experimental drugs. [USA Today]
  • The Million Hearts Challenge recognized 30 health care providers as Hypertension Control Champions. [HealthIT Analytics]
  • New guidelines say poor diet and exercise cause preventable diseases in half of all adults. [The Washington Post]
  • Texas PCMH Pharmacists reduce medication errors, boost adherence and reduce 30-day readmissions. [Pharmacy Practice News]
  • The broadened net neutrality rules set a level playing field for data-intense health care users. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Hospital prices declined in January, compared to last year’s rates, a first since data collection began. [Modern Healthcare]
  • CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report (2015 Impact Report). [CMS]
  • Internists get a break from controversial efforts to bolster performance. [Kaiser Health News]
  • A patient-centered medical home care coordination program is shown to cut hospital readmissions for older patients. [HealthIT Analytics]
  • A CDC study discovers that improving antibiotic use can address one major cause of infections. [Modern Healthcare]

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