May 22, 2016 |
Over the last decade, the federal government has publicized 115 different ways to measure medical quality in hospitals, from assessing wait times in emergency rooms and noise levels outside hospital rooms to tracking blood clots in surgical patients. But the latest effort, to combine dozens of metrics into one patient-friendly quality indicator, has proven the most contentious. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently postponed its plan to release the new rating system, which would award one star to the worst-quality facilities and five stars to those with the best marks.
January 24, 2016 |
When it comes to selecting a home health care agency, nurse Susan Sellechia, 34, says what matters most are compassion, education, and a drive to keep patients out of the hospital. Her patient at Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, Joan Hutchins, 84, who was treated for ulcers on her legs, agrees. "The nurses here have been very patient with me," said Hutchins. "I couldn't get any better care. " In July, Medicare instituted a five-star rating system to help consumers compare and select agencies.
January 3, 2016
Q: What is the Medicare Five-Star Rating System for Nursing Homes? A: Many elderly adults have their first encounter with a skilled-nursing facility after a sudden health event and hospitalization. A hospital discharge planner arranges for transfer to a skilled-nursing facility, but that facility may be far from family and may not provide the best care. To that end, Medicare launched the Five Star Quality Rating as a way to improve consumers' understanding of nursing home quality. Medicare uses three factors for rating: the inspections for the previous three years, including number of complaint surveys and follow-up inspections; the type and amount of nursing staff; and quality measures of care, including pressure ulcers, falls with significant injury, reports of pain, and the number of people who receive antipsychotic medications.
October 28, 2014 |
It had been a tumultuous weekend for UberX, the ride-sharing service that was launched in Philadelphia Friday despite a ban from the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Customers were plentiful. But so was the backlash from regulators, who sent a series of curt tweets threatening to impound UberX drivers' cars - and then making good on it in a sting operation, seizing six vehicles and fining each driver $1,000. By Monday morning, drivers were nothing if not cautious. One declined an interview, leaving an Inquirer reporter with a $7 receipt for a 13-second ride.
April 20, 2014 |
FOR THE 36th consecutive season, the Daily News is attempting to give college basketball coaches a helping hand with recruiting. Our five positions for seniors are point guards, wing guards, small forwards, power forwards and centers. Players are categorized by the position we expect them to play in college. But remember, a player's role can depend upon the level of school he attends. Those players in "The Best" category are those we think would be most capable of playing in Division I or the higher levels of Division II, or in a competitive junior-college program if there's a need for academic strengthening.
November 19, 2013 |
The U.S. Green Building Council is raising the bar for sustainable construction with the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design version 4 (LEEDv4) rating system at the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week at the Convention Center. "The market is capable of doing a lot more than it does," said Scot Horst, a Green Building Council senior vice president who oversees LEED. The new system streamlines the arduous LEED certification process, updates previously established guidelines to match more recent building codes, offers a new breakdown of standards by sector, and encourages collaboration among the architects, builders, and others involved in the construction and design process.
November 8, 2013 |
IF YOU THINK the movie-ratings system in the U.S. is arbitrary, maybe you should go to Sweden. In the equality-minded Scandinavian country, they're introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it. To get an "A" rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk with each other about something other than a man. Like, say, "Thelma and Louise....
February 8, 2012 |
FOR THE 35th consecutive season, the Daily News is attempting to give college basketball coaches a helping hand with recruiting. Our five categories for seniors are point guards, wing guards, small forwards, power forwards and centers. Players are categorized by the position we expect them to play in college. But remember, a player's role can depend upon the level of school he attends. The players in "The Best" category are those we believe would be most capable of playing in Division I or the higher levels of Division II, or in a competitive junior-college program if there's a need for academic strengthening.
December 22, 2011 |
West Chester Henderson sophomore swimmer Tom McCormick showed recently he's up to the task even though older brothers Ken and Dave have set some tough standards for him. In Henderson's 114-71 loss to Methacton on Dec. 12, Tom McCormick set a Methacton pool record in his specialty, the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 58.48 seconds. That time was .82 of a second better than the mark set in 1997 by Methacton's Dan Szilier, who went on to swim for Notre Dame. "I aspire to be as good as my brothers," said McCormick, who comes from a family of swimmers.
December 18, 2011 |
Question: I just booked a hotel room in New Orleans through Hotwire. It seemed like a great deal. The listing was for a 4.5-star hotel. I started looking around their website, trying to determine what the possibilities were, and by looking at the "hotel plus car" section I was able to see that there seemed to be three nice choices of 4.5-star hotels in the area the listing was in. I was specifically trying to avoid the Le Pavillon Hotel...