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April 2019
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After 10 years, EHRs don’t live up to promise

Editor's Note The US government claimed that digitization of healthcare records would improve the quality and value of healthcare; however, 10 years after legislation fast-tracked the move to electronic healthcare records (EHRs), even the architects of the effort agree that the $36 billion investment has not delivered as expected, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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Cleveland Clinic launches new artificial intelligence center

Editor's Note The Cleveland Clinic has launched a new Center for Clinical Artificial Intelligence, which will focus on applying machine learning to healthcare diagnostics, predictive analytics, and treatment planning, the March 13 Health IT Analytics reports. As part of the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise Analytics division, the new center will analyze…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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ORBMC gets business leaders off to a strong start in 2019

San Diego in January is a place where many people would rather be, and the 475 healthcare business and industry leaders who gathered there for the 2019 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC) enjoyed the mild climate along with high-quality presentations and fun networking events. Conference attendance rises each year, yet…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 15, 2019
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Non-opioid pain management gaining favor in ASCs

Pressure to contain opioid overuse in the United States is at a boiling point. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that overdose deaths linked to opioid prescriptions have increased fivefold over the last two decades. To reduce reliance on opioid prescriptions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
March 15, 2019
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IV and oral acetaminophen work equally well after THA

Editor's Note Intravenous (IV) acetaminophen did not result in a significant difference in pain scores, opioid consumption, or opioid-related adverse events compared with oral acetaminophen, finds this study presented March 12 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. A total of 154 patients having total…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The Power of Innovative Block Scheduling and Management

After this session you’ll be able to: Explain the pitfalls of most block programs in use today., Identify the relationship between block allocation, surgeon demand, and staffing., Implement new techniques that result in higher utilization., Why this is important: Blocks are one of the most difficult and controversial tasks in…

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Hospital employment up again in February

Editor's Note US hospitals added 4,200 jobs in February to a seasonally adjusted 5,212,700, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 8. That’s up 103,200 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 361,100 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate declined by 0.2% in…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2019
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Joint Commission moves THKR performance measures

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 6 announced that it is moving the inpatient and outpatient Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) implementation guides from the performance measure webpage to the 2019 Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures. The Manual was published in February. The move will…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 11, 2019
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Haven is new name for Amazon-backed healthcare venture

Editor's Note The healthcare organization founded by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase announced on March 6 its new name−Haven−along with the launching of its new website www.havenhealthcare.com. The website outlines some of the areas where Haven intends to make improvements on the current healthcare system, including access of…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2019
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CMS updates Star Ratings, proposes future changes

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 28 updated its Overall Hospital Star Ratings on the Hospital Compare website and posted potential changes to the Hospital Star Ratings methodology for public comment. The proposed changes would make hospital comparisons more precise and consistent, and allow…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 4, 2019
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New nurses working long shifts, overtime

Editor's Note New nurses are predominantly working 12-hour shifts and nearly half work overtime each week, trends that have remained relatively the same over the past 10 years, this study finds. Analyzing surveys from more than 4,500 newly licensed nurses in 13 states and Washington, DC, researchers from New York…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 20, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The Apex of Procedure Documentation: Revolutionizing Via Intelligent Features and the Cloud presented by Provation®

After this session you’ll be able to: Describe functionalities and benefits of cloud-based procedure documentation. , Explain how intelligent features can positively impact operations in your surgical suite., Implement peer-to-peer discussion about the future of intelligent multispecialty procedure documentation. , Why this is important: How can you use intelligent features…

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