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CMS: 1,299 providers join new bundled payment initiative

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 9 announced that 1,299 healthcare providers are participating in its new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement−Advanced model, which began October 1 and will continue until December 31, 2023. The program includes 32 bundled clinical episodes (29 inpatient, 3…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2018
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UMB to create Maryland Nursing Workforce Center

Editor's Note Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been awarded a grant to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), according to an October 8 news release.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2018
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Nurse-to-patient ratios could result in high costs

Editor's Note Massachusetts voters in November will determine whether mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios will go into effect January 1, 2019, the October 3 SFGate reports. Implementing the ratios could cost providers $676 million to $949 million per year, according to an analysis by an independent state agency. A union representing…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2018
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Hospital employment continues to increase in September

Editor's Note US hospitals added 12,000 jobs in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,202,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 5. That is up 102,700 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 301,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.7% (down…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2018
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Trends, characteristics of health data breaches

Editor's Note Despite ethical and legal obligations to protect patient privacy and efforts to establish best practices for healthcare information security, breach rates have increased since 2010, this study finds. Of 2,149 breaches that involved 176.4 million records, the most common entities breached were healthcare providers, with 1,503 breaches that…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 2, 2018
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Change Your Perspective: Are You Doing Everything You Can to Become a High Reliability Organization?

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Women’s Choice Award announces 2019 Best Children’s Hospitals

Editor's Note The Women’s Choice Award announced on October 1 the Best Children’s Hospitals for 2019. The select group were chosen from nearly 60 Children’s Hospitals in the nation and represent those that have met the highest standards for childcare. Award winners include: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha Connecticut…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 2, 2018
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CMS easing safety-net hospitals’ readmission penalties

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on orders from Congress, is easing its annual readmission penalties on hospitals servicing low-income residents, the September 26 Kaiser Health News reports. The penalties are part of the Affordable Care Act’s effort to encourage better care. The sanctions have been…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2018
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For-profit hospitals linked to higher readmission rates

Editor's Note Patients who receive care in for-profit hospitals are more likely to be readmitted than patients in nonprofit public hospitals, this study finds. Using data from 14,307 hospital reports from the national Hospital Readmission Reduction Program for six major diseases, including coronary artery bypass grafting and total hip and…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2018
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CMS plans innovative new VBP models

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be unveiling new payment models centered on high-cost areas as part of ongoing efforts to advance value-based payment (VBP) care, and some models could be mandatory, the September 20 Healthcare Finance News reports. Healthcare providers can expect reduced regulatory…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2018
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Effect of Medicaid expansion on disparities in use of regionalized surgery at high-volume hospitals

Editor's Note The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Medicaid expansion had no effect on the utilization rates of regionalized surgery at high-volume hospitals (HVHs) overall or on disparities in vulnerable populations, this study finds. In this analysis of 166,558 adults at 468 hospitals who had one of four surgical procedures in…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2018
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Building Better Business Relationships: Vendor Partnership and Communication

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