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Rating U.S. Hospitals On Medical Errors, Accidents, Injuries And Infections

The Leapfrog Group announced the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score update, assigning letter grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, assessing medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The analysis finds that despite considerable improvement in the safety of hospital care since the Score’s launch in 2012, avoidable deaths remain high. Findings point to a 9%...
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Threefold Health Care Price Variations

A new study released as a Web First by the journal Health Affairs examined variations in the prices for 242 common medical services in forty-one states and the District of Columbia, using a national multi-payer commercial claims database for the years 2012 and 2013. Sometimes, more than a threefold variation was found. Alaska had the highest...
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College Affordability Diagnosis

Few states have addressed the linkages between college affordability and student preparation, or the linkages between college affordability and student completion of certificate and degree programs. A new report by researchers from the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and...
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Competition Launched To Expand Tuition-Free Community College Programs

The Obama Administration on April 25, 2016 announced that an additional investment of $100 million will be made to make education tuition-free for hard-working students to connect more Americans to education and in-demand jobs. The announcement can be accessed at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-new-100-million-competition-expand...
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Administration Letter To Accreditors Regarding Application Of Standards And Review Processes

The Obama Administration sent a letter on April 22 to federally recognized accrediting agencies to clarify the flexibility they have in differentiating their reviews of institutions and programs, encouraging use of that flexibility to focus monitoring and resources on student achievement and problematic institutions and programs. The letter can be accessed at https://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/files/042216_ED_Accreditation%20Letter.pdf...
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Medicare’s New Payment System

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a primer on the Medicare payment part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. For more than two decades, Congress and the federal government have struggled with how to reimburse providers in the Medicare program and at...
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Analysis Of UnitedHealth Group’s Withdrawal From ACA Exchanges

An analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) provides a state-by-state look at where United is participating in the exchanges this year, providing context for what the effect would be if it withdraws from some or all remaining markets. United participates in 1855 counties (59% of all counties nationwide and an estimated 71% of marketplace enrollees). In...
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