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CDC issues new report on antibiotic use

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 26 issued a new report titled “Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities.” The report includes information on the current status of antibiotic use in healthcare settings, highlighting programs and resources to support antibiotic stewardship (ie,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2017
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Trends in treating total joint patients with OSA

Editor's Note This population-based analysis finds that implementation of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) interventions in total joint patients is limited, with some current trends virtually in contrast to practice guidelines. Of more than 1 million patients analyzed, anesthetic techniques did not differ by OSA status, and overall, less than 25%…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2017
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Joint Commission announces first recipient of Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 19 announced that the University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, is the first hospital in the nation to achieve its Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification. To achieve certification, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with consensus-based standards, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cardiac care,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2017
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Reduction in readmissions not linked to increased mortality

Editor's Note Reductions in readmissions associated with the Affordable Care Act have not had the unintended consequence of increasing mortality after hospital discharge, finds this study. Analysis of more than 5 million Medicare patients hospitalized for heart failure, heart attack, or pneumonia, found that reductions in hospital 30-day readmission rates…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 18, 2017
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CMS issues 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed payment rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13 issued the CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rule. CMS is proposing an update of 1.9% for ASCs, which is a combination of a 2.3% inflation update…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 18, 2017
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CMS proposes paying for outpatient total joints

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on July 13 issued a proposed rule that updates payment rates and policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System. Among the proposals are that Medicare pay for knee replacement procedures performed in outpatient…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2017
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Joint Commission revises 2018 Medication Management standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 12 announced revisions to its Medication Management standards that will become effective January 1, 2018. Among the revisions: Implementing a policy to provide emergency backup of medication dispensing equipment. Adding “wasting” of medication to required written policies. Implementing a policy for medication overrides…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2017
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Study identifies high-risk groups for readmissions

Editor's Note Comparing rates, characteristics, and costs of hospital readmissions across all ages and insurance types, researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, found that of more than 12.5 million patients discharged in 2013, approximately 1.8 million were readmitted within 30 days. Medicare patients accounted for 56% of readmissions,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2017
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New guidelines published on enhanced recovery after colon, rectal surgery

Editor's Note The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons have jointly published new clinical practice guidelines on enhanced recovery after colon and rectal surgery. The enhanced recovery protocol is multidisciplinary, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and dietitians and involves all aspects of care…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2017
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FDA: Oscor recalls Atar extension cables

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 6 announced the recall by Oscor Inc (Palm Harbor, Florida) of its Atar extension cables. The recall was initiated because, during use, some of the cables were separating from the connectors at the proximal end. The Atar cable is an…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2017
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