Providers could be subject to new cost measurement guidelines

Share this article:

All providers of Medicare services and other federally financed healthcare soon may have to agree to basic cost measurement tools followed by quality of care measurements.

Department of Health & Human Services officials are drafting an executive order for President Bush aimed at improving the cost and quality of care. The ultimate purpose is to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, according to HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, who discussed the planned executive order at a National Governors Association meeting in Charleston, SC.

The proposal also would require that all providers covered under government health plans be willing to use information technology that meets federally approved standards for efficacy and interoperability. Leavitt requested that similar mandates apply to state-funded health care plans, including Medicaid. Bush is expected to issue the order this fall, Leavitt said.
Share this article:

More in News

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume ...

Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds

Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

Pioneer ACO drops out of program, despite reductions in skilled nursing utilization

A California healthcare system has become the latest dropout from the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, despite reducing skilled nursing facility utilization and improving its readmission rates. Sharp HealthCare announced its decision in a quarterly financial statement released Tuesday.