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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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Joint Commission, AHA offer cardiovascular certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and American Heart Association (AHA) on July 25 announced a new jointly offered hospital cardiovascular certification program. The “Advanced Certification for Heart Failure” program is the first of multiple, jointly offered cardiac certifications that will be available to hospitals. Organizations must meet the following criteria:…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2018
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HFAP announces Joint Replacement Certification program

Editor's Note The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) recently announced its Joint Replacement Certification program with options for outpatient and inpatient settings that demonstrate excellence in specialty orthopedic care, the July 23 Becker’s ASC Review reports. Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking Joint Replacement Certification must meet the following requirements:…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2018
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Preventability of early vs late readmissions

Editor's Note Preventability of readmissions changes with time, this study finds. Readmissions within the first week after discharge were more likely to be preventable by hospital-based interventions, whereas later readmissions were less likely to be preventable and more amenable to ambulatory and home-based interventions. This analysis of 822 patients readmitted…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2018
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Freestanding EDs lower admission rates

Editor's Note Patients assessed in hospital-based emergency departments (EDs) were 20% more likely to be admitted than patients at freestanding EDs, this study finds. Data for the 3,230 patient study, were collected from 2015 Cleveland Clinic statistics of its tertiary hospital-based ED and two of its freestanding EDs. Of 1,708…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2018
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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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