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CMS delays release of Hospital Quality Star Ratings

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on June 12 that it would postpone the planned July update to its overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. CMS says the delay will allow time for more analysis of the effects of changes made to some of the measures…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2018
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Study identifies gaps in infection prevention practices at critical access hospitals

Editor's Note Small, rural critical access hospitals have significant gaps in their infection prevention practices, finds this new study presented June 13 at the Annual Conference of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in Minneapolis. In 36 Nebraska hospitals analyzed, researchers found important gaps in all domains,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.12% in May

Editor's Note US hospitals added 6,200 jobs in May to a seasonally adjusted 5,167,400, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 1. That is 99,800 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.1 in May to 3.8%, an 18-year low.

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2018
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Managing patient and family disruption in the perioperative setting -- Part 1

Disruption in the perioperative setting occurs across a continuum ranging from verbal outbursts to physical violence. “We live in an increasingly violent society, and we need to take measures to educate and prepare nurses and other team members to be safe,” says Margo Halm, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate chief executive,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
May 18, 2018
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Surgical Council facilitates service line moves between hospitals

To improve healthcare delivery and eliminate duplication, hospitals are banding together into systems in which specialties such as labor and delivery and smaller surgical cases are performed at satellite hospitals, and larger, more complex procedures are done at the main campus. This is the approach taken at the Cleveland Clinic,…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 18, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.16% in April

Editor's Note US hospitals added 8,000 jobs in April to a seasonally adjusted 5,159,800, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 4. That is 94,500 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.2% in April to 3.9%, the lowest rate since December 2000.

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By: Judy Mathias
May 7, 2018
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CMS issues FY 2019 hospital IPPS proposed rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 24 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule for FY 2019. The proposed rule increases rates by 1.75%, which reflects the projected market-basket update of 2.8% for hospitals that were meaningful users of electronic health…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2018
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AHRQ: Increased revenues, not cost reductions linked to improved profits

Editor's Note Increased revenues had a greater impact than decreased costs in hospitals that became more profitable between 2003 and 2013, finds this Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study published February 14 online ahead of print in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In this analysis of 2,824…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2018
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NPDB launches hospital attestation initiative

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 14 announced that the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) has launched a new initiative for US hospitals to complete their attestation when renewing their NPDB registrations. The NPDB is a repository of reports on medical malpractice payments and adverse actions related to healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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ECRI Institute releases ‘Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List’

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on January 22 announced the released its annual “Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List." Among the new and emerging innovations to watch are: Acuity-adaptable rooms, where hospitals keep a patient in the same room from admission to discharge, regardless of acuity level. Insertable cardiac monitors…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2018
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