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Study: Most hospitals received penalties for excess readmissions

Editor's Note More than half of hospitals were penalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in all five years of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) initiated by the Affordable Care Act, this study finds. Among the study findings: Penalties doubled since the beginning of the program, from…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2017
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New protocol helps identify signs of burnout

Editor's Note Inspired by aviation and medical best practices for handling crises, researchers have developed a Stress-APGAR protocol to help managers anticipate burnout in employees, according to the April 26 Harvard Business Review. The Stress-APGAR acronym includes five key areas: Appearance: How does the employee look−overly tired, changes in weight,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2017
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Cosgrove to step down at Cleveland Clinic

Editor's Note Delos Marshall “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, will step down as CEO of the Cleveland Clinic by the end of the year, the May 1 Cleveland.com reports. Dr Cosgrove will stay on in an advisory role, and his successor will be a practicing physician, keeping up with the Clinic’s history…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2017
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Analysis predicts 4.9% growth for lumbar spine fusion market

Editor's Note An analysis by Absolute Reports predicts the global lumbar spine fusion market will see a 4.9% compound annual growth rate through the next 4 years, according to the April 26 Becker’s Spine Review. Driving market growth is: a growing demand for minimally invasive spine surgeries an increasing incidence…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 28, 2017
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VA begins digitalizing healthcare data

Editor's Note The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has started converting older, inactive paper healthcare records to electronic health records (EHRs) in an effort to reduce the amount of office space used for storage of patient records and to streamline the claims processes, the April 24 EHR intelligence reports. This…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 27, 2017
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Effect of PSH elements on total joint outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, the use of preoperative and postoperative elements of a Perioperative Surgical Home model in total knee and hip patients was associated with improvements in operational outcomes. The study included 1,225 patients in a preintervention PSH group and 1,363 in a postintervention PSH group. Compared with…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2017
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Micro-hospitals: A new trend in healthcare

Editor's Note A new trend in US healthcare, known as “micro-hospitals,” offers care in underserved communities and provides an alternative to emergency care at major hospitals, according to the April 24 US News & World Reports. Micro-hospitals, already built in 19 states, have an average of 8 to 10 short-stay…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2017
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OR utilization improves with data gleaned from software program

One of the biggest challenges for OR managers is efficient use of OR blocks. OR managers struggle to balance revenue and utilization targets with surgeon and staff preferences. The result is underutilized OR time, unnecessary costs, and dissatisfied staff. “Let’s face it, our block allocation process isn’t very efficient,” says…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
April 21, 2017
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Editorial

Recent developments such as the Trump administration’s failure to pass its healthcare reform bill and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) decision to delay expanding its bundled payments program leave the healthcare industry in a position of uncertainty. It’s difficult to plan, and signs of any real progress are…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
April 21, 2017
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CMS releases proposed FY 2018 inpatient payments, policies

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 14 issued a proposed rule that would update FY 2018 Medicare inpatient payments and policies. Among the changes, the rule: would increase payment rates by 1.6%, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law includes an…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2017
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