KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Health Law Implementation Pushes Quality Goals Forward

The Washington Post reports on hospitals' efforts to reduce readmission rates, while KHN details how some states are working on insurance coverage quality ratings before the federal health law requires them to do so in 2016.

The Washington Post: Health Law's Rules Help Hospitals Cut Patient Readmission Rate
Over the past several months, America's hospitals have achieved a feat that long seemed beyond reach: substantially reducing the share of patients who must return for treatment almost as soon as they are discharged (Aizenman, 2/27).

Kaiser Health News: Some States Will Rate Health Plans On Quality This Fall
This fall, health insurers in a few states will be seeing stars. Not the celestial kind, but stars that reflect their scores on quality measures designed to help consumers make better-informed decisions about what coverage to buy (Appleby, 2/28).

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