Latest Care Quality Commission Stories

2010-04-26 08:44:53

Feature: Patient coding and the ratings game In this week's BMJ, Nigel Hawkes, freelance journalist and Director of Straight Statistics, a campaign for the better use of statistical data, investigates how the way that patients are allocated diagnostic codes by a hospital can have a big effect on a hospital's performance. It follows two articles published by the BMJ last week arguing that using death rates to judge hospital performance is a bad idea. It began, says Hawkes, when Mid...

2008-08-07 18:01:52

WEST MIdlands health chief Cynthia Bower has been headhunted to set up a national commission tackling the quality of NHS care. Ms Bower, chief executive of the NHS West Midlands health authority, is leaving the area to launch the new Care Quality Commission, which will take over the functions of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission. She will oversee the regulation and registering of all health and adult social care...

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