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EHR vendor linked to MU performance of hospitals

Editor's Note A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that some electronic health record (EHR) vendors consistently outperform others, the November 27 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Epic had the highest performance on five of six meaningful use (MU) stage 2 criteria, including view, download, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2017
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Association of HRRP with surgical readmissions

Editor's Note The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) decreased readmissions for targeted procedures, but no association was found for nontargeted procedures in this study. This analysis of 672,135 Medicare patients treated at 2,773 hospitals included 507,663 patients who had total knee or hip arthroplasty procedures (targeted) and 164, 472 who…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2017
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CMS: Two inpatients needed for hospital survey, resurvey

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new requirement, effective immediately, that a hospital must have at least two active inpatients at the time of survey, or the survey/resurvey will not be allowed to continue, the Joint Commission reported November 15. The new requirement…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2017
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Joint Commission chooses Apervita platform to ease eCQM submission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has selected Chicago-based Apervita’s platform to enable thousands of hospitals with ORYX data reporting requirement to directly submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data in 2018, the November 14 Healthcare Informatics reports. Since the shift to eCQM data submission began 2 years ago, the Joint…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Surgical robot market poised for growth

Editor's Note A Meddevicetracker analysis expects the global market for robotically assisted surgical devices to see an 11.7% compound annual growth rate, reaching $5.3 billon by 2021, the November 10 Medtech Insight reports The market is being led by Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci systems, although the analysis predicts more competition…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Editorial

Session evaluations from the 2017 OR Manager Conference attendees gave uniformly high marks to the keynote speakers. A common theme in many of their presentations was workplace attitudes. They discussed challenges such as converting the disengaged to the highly engaged employee, and fostering a sense of ownership. A workshop on…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 15, 2017
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San Antonio to host 2018 OR Business Management Conference

With each passing year, the business of healthcare delivery grows more complex—never more so than in 2017, when a new administration began to grapple with a major overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and changes to provider payment models. Thanks to an unprecedented number of proposals submitted for the 2018…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 15, 2017
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Joint Commission: More accredited hospitals submitting eCQM data

Editor's Note Despite the expansion of requirements for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an increased number of Joint Commission accredited hospitals are adopting and reporting eCQMs to drive quality improvement, the Joint Commission reports.  In 2016, 470 accredited hospitals submitted eCQM…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Medicare readmission reduction program linked to increased mortality rates

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program has had the unintended consequence of increased short- and long-term mortality in heart failure patients, this study finds. Five years ago, as part of the Affordable Care Act, federal policy makers introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Healthcare adds 21,500 jobs in October

Editor's Note Healthcare added 21,500 jobs in October to a seasonally adjusted 15,830,700 employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported November 3. That’s 300,600 more than a year ago. Hospitals, specifically, added 2,800 jobs in October to a seasonally adjusted 5,130,700 employees, which is 72,400 more than a year ago.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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