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Effect of gender on hospital satisfaction after total hip

Editor's Note Differences in perception of hospital care exist between men and women after total hip replacement (THR), finds this study presented March 14 at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego. Using patient satisfaction data from Press Ganey, researchers found that staff…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2017
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Analysis predicts hip replacement implant market at $9.1B by 2024

Editor's Note A Transparency Market Research analysis predicts the global market for hip replacement implants will reach $9.1 billion by 2024, with a 3.9% compound annual growth rate, the March 17 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Fueling the growth are an expanding geriatric population, an increasing incidence of osteoarthritis, and technological…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2017
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CMS interim rule delays bundled payment programs

Editor's Note In an interim final rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program and  implementation of its bundled payment programs for cardiac care from July 1 to October 1, 2017, the March 20 Modern…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2017
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Association between surgeon scorecard and OR costs

Editor's Note Providing surgeons with individualized cost feedback and surgical supply costs was associated with significantly reduced surgical supply costs, without negatively affecting patient outcomes in this study. The study involved 63 surgeons in an intervention group and 186 surgeons in a control group. Surgeons in the intervention group received…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 16, 2017
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Bill to repeal, replace Affordable Care Act released

Editor's Note The 123-page bill, called the “American Health Care Act,” was released March 6, Modern Healthcare reports. The bill replaces the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) income-based premium tax credits with age-based tax credits. It also enhances federal funding for states to expand Medicaid to low-income adults, and it converts…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2017
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Effect of opt-out policy for physician supervision of anesthesia

Editor's Note Opting out of the Medicare rule that requires anesthesia to be administered with physician supervision has little or no effect on access to inpatient or outpatient surgery, this study finds. The researchers also found that opting out does not reduce costs, and in fact increases costs for inpatient…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 1, 2017
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Healthgrades releases 2017 top hospitals list

Editor's Note Healthgrades (Denver) on February 24 released its list of America’s 50 and 100 Best Hospitals for 2017. The top 50 represent 1% of all hospitals and are located in 22 states. California has the most at 10, followed by Illinois with 7. The top 100 hospitals are those…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 1, 2017
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Executive order pushes back implementation of bundled payment models

Editor's Note An executive order by President Donald Trump that freezes new regulations has pushed back implementation of new and expanded Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) bundled payment models by 60 days, the February 20 Home Health Care News reports. Mixed feelings continue in the healthcare industry as…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2017
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Radial artery access, same-day discharge reduce PCI costs

Editor's Note In this study, hospitals reduced costs associated with percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) when cardiologists performed the procedures through the radial artery and discharged patients on the same day. The analysis of 280,000 Medicare patients found that an average cost of $13,389 for the radial artery approach with same-day…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 23, 2017
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ECRI Institute releases free mergers and acquisitions infographic

Editor's Note ECRI Institute (Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania) on February 21 released a free mergers and acquisitions infographic.  The infographic is intended to help hospitals and health systems who have completed a merger or acquisition to identify supply-item savings and opportunities and develop a consolidated medical equipment strategy. Registration required.   You…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 22, 2017
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