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CMS extends deadline for new alternative bundled payment model

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending the deadline for its new alternative bundled payment model from August 1 to August 8, the July 5 Modern Healthcare reports. CMS extended the deadline after receiving complaints from providers and hospitals that they weren’t…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 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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Accuracy of Medicare’s HACRP to identify outlier hospitals for SSIs

Editor's Note Medicare’s Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program’s (HACRP) measure for surgical site infections (SSIs) after hysterectomy and colectomy unfairly places hospitals that are not statistical outliers at risk for financial penalties, this study from the University of Michigan finds. SSIs occurred in 1.1% of hysterectomies and 4.8% of colectomies…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2018
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Report predicts growth for spinal fusion market

Editor's Note An Acquire Market Research report predicts the global spinal fusion market will grow at a 4.54% compound annual growth rate through 2023, according to the June 21 Becker’s Spine Review. Reasons for the predicted growth are the: growing incidence of spinal deformity cases rising healthcare awareness increase in…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 25, 2018
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Atul Gawande named CEO of new Amazon led healthcare company

Editor's Note Surgeon and Harvard Medical School professor Atul Gawande, MD, has been named CEO of the Boston-based Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway healthcare venture, the June 20 Modern Healthcare reports. The companies, which are focused on lowering the cost of care primarily for their nearly 1.2 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2018
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Cybersecurity should be high on healthcare priority lists

No homeowners willingly allow a burglar to enter their home and steal their most valuable possessions. Instead, people put locks on doors, install alarm systems, build fences, or keep big dogs. The thieves may still get in, but deterrents like these will reduce the risk of a successful burglary. Ambulatory…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
June 20, 2018
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Effects of quality improvement in bariatric surgery patients

Editor's Note This retrospective study of patients undergoing bariatric surgery found that hospitals with the largest reductions in serious postoperative complications had the greatest decrease in Medicare payments. Researchers ranked 562 hospitals (37,329 patients) into quintiles. The top 20% of hospitals had a decrease in average serious complication rate of…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 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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Effect of price transparency on ASCs

Editor's Note In this survey of six ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), Johns Hopkins researchers led by Martin Makary, MD, MPH, found that the majority increased patient satisfaction, volume, and revenue after publicly listing the prices of common surgical procedures. Five centers reported an increase in patient volume by a median…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 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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