Big city hospitals severely penalized for Medicare readmissions

Big city hospitals in the United States have been severely penalized for readmission of patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In 2013, 2,200 hospitals forfeited more than $280 million in Medicare funds due to readmission penalties […]

Four-time stroke survivor makes trek across the country for the fourth time

He’s at it again. Four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy, 63, has his walking shoes on and he is making his way from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.

This is Brandy’s fourth walk since beginning his treks around America to raise awareness about stroke. Along the way, he meets and greets […]

Stroke survivors may lose a month of healthy life for every 15-minute treatment delay

Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

In addition, each minute faster the drug is given means nearly two more days of healthy life for survivors, researchers said.

The sooner the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator  […]

Stroke patients fare better in hospitals speeding care

Hospitals that used key strategies, tools and approaches from the Target: Stroke initiative sped up treatment times, which was associated with fewer stroke patients having complications or dying, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Target: Stroke is a national quality initiative that […]

Weight of the Nation report shares obesity-fighting strategies

The United States had made progress in preventing and controlling obesity through new strategies for healthcare providers, medical institutions, patients and communities, according to a report summarizing the most recent Weight of the Nation conference, published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Stroke severity key factor in predicting stroke care outcomes

Stroke severity is the most important predictor of how patients will fare after their stroke, and may be the most important factor in relating hospital performance to 30-day stroke mortality rates.

A statement released on Thursday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association discusses the science behind developing risk adjustment […]

Get With The Guidelines program helps hospitals deliver better care, journal paper says

Following the Get With The Guidelinesprogram — which was launched by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve in-hospital quality — helps hospitals deliver better care for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions.

According to a paper released Tuesday in the journal Circulation, hospitals consistently following Get With The […]