Leapfrog: Hospitals in New England lead in patient safety

Leapfrog Group
recently released its Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Scores indicating hospitals in Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine have the top grades in hospital quality. Almost 800 participating hospitals nationwide scored an ‘A’ grade, while 15 received an ‘F’ . 

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization created by national purchasers and employers with the goal of driving quality improvements at facilities nationally.

Head over to Healthcare Finance and see the interactive map they have created visualizing the quality results.


No Ready-Made Rx for Rising Drug Costs

When Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of an older generic drug by more than 5,000 percent last month, the move sparked a public outcry. apothecary-437743_640How, critics wondered, could a firm charge $13.50 a pill for a treatment for a parasitic infection one day and $750 the next?

The criticism led Turing’s unapologetic CEO to say he’d pare back the increase – although no new price has yet been named – and the New York attorney general has launched an antitrust investigation. The outcry has again focused attention on how drug prices are set in the United States. Aside from some limited government control in the veterans health care system and Medicaid, prices are generally shaped by what the market will bear. more

For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

It’s not just how long you live that matters. It’s healthy life expectancy – the additional years of good health you can expect once you hit 65.

And by that measure, a new analysis shows it makes a lot of difference where Americans live.

Hawaiians are lucky in more than their idyllic weather and gorgeous scenery. Seniors there can expect a little more than 16 years of healthy life after 65. Women in Hawaii can expect more than 17 years.

At the other extreme, Mississippi’s seniors have less than 11 years of healthy life. Older black Mississippians have only eight years, lower than anywhere except, oddly, African-Americans in Iowa, with seven years.

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Time Magazine Article: Bitter Pill, Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Credit: Time Magazine

Cover of March 4, 2013 Time Magazine

Much has been said since the March 4, 2013 issue of Time Magazine hit news stands this week. Steve Brill’s cover story ‘Bitter Pill’ looks at the healthcare debate by trying to answer one question:  Why does healthcare cost so much? The media has grabbed the story and been outraged at the cost of care, the skyrocketing bills, and the way we as a nation have allowed the system to take over our economy.

Truth is,  we at TFG Partners think this is a fantastic article to start the discussion. We have been working to curb health plan spending for our clients for over 20 years. While this story is written with the prospective of a single patient experience, imagine how our healthcare system exasperates the problems when looking at a full self-funded health plan. On behalf of our clients we have been identified overpayments, plan benefit discrepancies, and process improvements for their plans for over 20 years.

We recommend you read the article (subscription required) and take a look at the coverage below.

Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | TIME.com.

Inside ‘Bitter Pill’: Steven Brill Discusses His TIME Cover Story.

Who profits off your hospital bills? – Anderson Cooper 360 – CNN.com Blogs.