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Improving OR efficiency with machine learning prediction of case-time duration

Editor's Note In this study, researchers developed service- and surgeon-specific statistical models using linear regression and machine learning to predict case-time duration at a large academic medical center. Results showed: The machine-learning algorithm had the highest predictive capability. The surgeon-specific was superior to the service-specific model, with higher accuracies and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 22, 2019
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Hospital network participation not linked with improved outcomes, lower costs

Editor's Note Hospital network participation was not associated with improvements in surgical outcomes or Medicare expenditures, compared with hospitals not in a network, this study finds. In this analysis of nearly 2 million Medicare beneficiaries having general, vascular, cardiac, or orthopedic surgery between 2007 and 2014 at network (1,868) or…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 16, 2019
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House to vote on repeal of ACA’s tax on high-cost insurance plans

Editor's Note House Leaders will vote the week of July 15 on a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 40% tax on high-cost healthcare insurance plans, the July 12 Bloomberg Tax reports. The measure is expected to have wide bipartisan support. Democrat Rep Joe Courtney of Connecticut is the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 2019
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Disadvantaged neighborhoods linked to higher readmission rates

Editor's Note Residing in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Maryland and being discharged from a hospital serving a large proportion of disadvantaged neighborhoods were independently associated with increased risk of readmission in this study. 2015 data from Maryland hospitals showed a 14.1% 30-day readmission rate for patients living in neighborhoods in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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Amazon’s healthcare distribution system losing momentum

Editor's Note Though hospitals still expect to increase their supply purchases from Amazon in the next 3 years, the percentage of respondents to a UBS Group survey who are negotiating sourcing agreements with the retailer has declined from 11% in 2018 to 7% in 2019, the July 8 Bloomberg News…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The Power of Innovative Block Scheduling and Management

After this session you’ll be able to: Explain the pitfalls of most block programs in use today., Identify the relationship between block allocation, surgeon demand, and staffing., Implement new techniques that result in higher utilization., Why this is important: Blocks are one of the most difficult and controversial tasks in…

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CMS penalty program not linked to hospital safety improvements

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital penalization in the Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) was not associated with significant changes in rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs), 30-day readmissions, or 30-day mortality and does not appear to drive meaningful clinical improvements, this study finds.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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HHS forms group to streamline quality programs

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on July 9 that it has formed a summit of key industry stakeholders and government leaders to provide insight as the Trump administration seeks to streamline, improve, and align measures used across federal healthcare quality programs. The Quality Summit,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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Sleep disorders linked to more healthcare visits, higher costs for back pain

Editor's Note Many patients with low back pain also have sleep disorders, which are linked to more healthcare visits and higher costs for back pain treatment, this study finds. In this analysis of 757 patients with low back pain attending self-management classes at a US military hospital, 195 had a…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2019
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Applications, limitations of AI for fracture detection, classification

Editor's Note Preliminary experience in the automated detection and classification of fractures using artificial intelligence (AI) shows promise, and AI may enhance processing and communicating probabilistic tasks in orthopedic surgery, this study finds. For fracture detection, researchers compared the human findings in 10 studies with AI findings. In two studies,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2019
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Predictive model for determining LOS after total hip

Editor's Note In this study, a predictive model that can help identify patients at higher odds for not requiring a prolonged hospital length of stay (LOS) after total hip arthroplasty was developed and validated and a point-based calculator was designed. The calculator included nine variables: age, opioid use, metabolic equivalents…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The Apex of Procedure Documentation: Revolutionizing Via Intelligent Features and the Cloud presented by Provation®

After this session you’ll be able to: Describe functionalities and benefits of cloud-based procedure documentation. , Explain how intelligent features can positively impact operations in your surgical suite., Implement peer-to-peer discussion about the future of intelligent multispecialty procedure documentation. , Why this is important: How can you use intelligent features…

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