OR Business

Latest Issue of OR Manager
January 2019
Home OR Business

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
October 2, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
October 2, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2018
Share

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…

Read More

By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2018
Share

Orthopedic bundled payment models on the fast track--Part 2

According to a 2016 McKesson report, payers expect value-based reimbursement, including bundled payments, to grow from a third of their business to a majority of it in 5 years. And as noted in Part 1 of this two-part series (OR Manager, September 2018, 1, 13-17), bundles are advancing on multiple…

Read More

By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2018
Share

New service lines can create opportunities for ORs

As hospital administrators face shrinking operating margins, OR leaders are being called upon to create innovative approaches for boosting revenue. Adding a new service line is one option, but it carries both risks and rewards. Only by careful analysis and follow-through can OR leaders hope to tip the balance to…

Read More

By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2018
Share
Upcoming Webinars
Live chat by BoldChat