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CMS releases outpatient prospective payment rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 25 released its 2019 outpatient prospective payment rule, which includes cutting payments for hospital outpatient clinic visits as part of a site neutral payment policy. CMS estimated this would save patients about $150 in lower copayments for clinic…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 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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Major healthcare data breaches down in first half of year

Editor's Note Cybersecurity firm Cryptonite reports there were eight major healthcare data breaches in the first half of 2018, down from 19 during the same time in 2017, according to the July 18 Healthcare Informatics. However, the number of patient records breached this year was up, with more than 1.9…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 23, 2018
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Market growth for small bone, joint orthopedic devices predicted

Editor's Note A Transparency Market Research report predicts the global market for small bone and joint orthopedic devices will reach $8.2 billion by 2023, with an 8.1% compound annual growth rate, the July 19 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Among the key players in the market, which is led by the…

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By: https://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-a-spine-device-a-implant-news/item/41857-11-major-players-in-the-global-small-bone-joint-devices-market.html
July 23, 2018
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Full-scale mockup clears path to efficient new ORs

Anyone who has been involved in an OR design and construction project knows it is a labor-intensive, time-consuming effort—and usually far from seamless. There’s almost always something no one thinks of until it is too late, and the staff must learn to live with the flaws. But a multidisciplinary team…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 23, 2018
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Editorial

Value-based payment (VBP) models of patient care have not been shown to effectively reduce healthcare costs, according to a recent report from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). But that conclusion comes with several caveats, such as: • It’s too soon to have data on programs like the Medicare Shared…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 23, 2018
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Association between skilled nursing facility use and postop readmission rates

Editor's Note Use of postacute care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for total hip replacement (THR) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients was not associated with changes in readmission rates, in this study. Of 176,994 CABG patients at 804 hospitals and 233,955 THR patients at 1,220 hospitals, SNF use…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 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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CMS proposes changes to modernize Medicare, restore physician-patient relationship

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 12 issued a proposed rule that includes updated payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019. Physician fee schedule rates will be updated by…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2018
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Study: CMS policy on CLABSI, CAUTI has minimal effect on reimbursement

Editor's Note This study found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital-acquired conditions policy on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) had minimal financial effects on hospitals because billing codes for CLABSI and CAUTI were rarely used and there was a significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2018
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