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Effect of neuraxial anesthesia on total hip, knee outcomes

Editor's Note Increased use of neuraxial anesthesia was associated with lower hospitalization costs for hip and knee replacements, but more studies are needed before considering neuraxial anesthesia as a marker of quality, this study finds. National data on 808,237 total knee and 371,607 total hip replacements were analyzed. Increasing frequency…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2018
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Academic medical centers trailing on cost, quality measures

Editor's Note A new study by consultancy firm Navigant found that academic medical centers are trailing community hospitals across cost and quality measures. Among the findings: Cost per case was 5.8% higher at medical centers, equating to $3.1 million added annual operating expense per center. Cost per case disparity between high…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2018
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More than 3 million healthcare records breached in Q2

Editor's Note New data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer shows  more than 3.14 million patient records were compromised in 142 breach incidents reported to Health and Human Services or the media from April to June 2018, the August 8 Healthcare Informatics reports. This number is up from 1.13 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2018
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Hospitals using bundled payments report reduced SNF use and improved care integration

Editor's Note Hospitals participating in Medicare’s Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model or its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative for lower extremity joint replacement episodes report reducing skilled nursing facility (SNF) use and improving care coordination, in this survey. Interviews of executives or administrators in each of 22 hospitals…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 7, 2018
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CMS requires hospitals to post prices online

Editor's Note Part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System rule for FY 2019, issued August 2, was a requirement that hospitals post the prices they charge for surgeries and other medical procedures online. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 7, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.13% in July

Editor's Note US hospitals added 6,800 jobs in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,181,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 3. That is 94,800 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.1% in July to 3.9%.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 7, 2018
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CMS: Changes in IPPS, LTCH PPS final rule empower patients, reduce administrative burden

Editor's Note On August 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) rule for FY 2019. The rule will empower patients and advance the White House “MyHealthData” initiative and the CMS “Patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2018
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EHRs are top factor contributing to physician burnout

Editor's Note A recent Reaction Data survey of 254 physicians found that 21% believed electronic health records (EHRs) were the biggest determinant in burnout, followed by payers/preauthorization, regulatory compliance, and internal bureaucracy, the July 31 Healthcare Informatics reports. All factors had a common theme of consuming time and preventing physicians…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2018
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Survey: 49% of adults worry about healthcare data security

Editor's Note In a survey of more than 2,000 US adults, The Harris Poll on behalf of healthcare marketing firm Scout found that nearly half are extremely or very concerned about the security of their healthcare data, the July 30 Health IT Security reports. The survey also found that 47%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2018
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Joint Commission: DDS platform available for 2018 eCQM data submission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on July 25 that its Direct Data Submission (DDS) platform is now available for submission of CY 2018 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data and future submissions. For CY 2018, there are now two eCQM data submission methods for accredited hospitals with ORYX eCQM…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2018
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